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With his speech, he fired the coup de grace at a regime whose time to go has come," Shiryan added.
Arsenal succumbed to Messi's 39th of the season when he took on the defence single-handed and, after Almunia had parried one shot, drove the coup de grace through the hapless keeper's legs to make it 4-1 with two minutes to go.
His narrative dances craftily on the margins of fact and fiction, a coup de grace defeating the arbitrary partitions set between established literary genres.
Clegg's late coup de grace means Quins stretch their unbeaten run in the league to four games.
All Black legend Doug Howlett applied the coup de grace in the last minute, racing on to a deft kick through from Ronan O'Gara to score under the posts.
Simon Cox equalised for Swindon on the stroke of half-time but Neil Kilkenny restored United's advantage shortly after the restart and Beckford applied the coup de grace late on.
The crumbling, 75-year-old flawed foundation of quantum-physics methodology is facing its imminent coup de grace, to be replaced by a new, wholly rational foundation.
Earthquakes, at most, are the coup de grace of a civilization in terminal decline.
Eaton pulled one back for the visitors on the hour ahead of Harrad applying the coup de grace in the 84th minute.
Not only did it strengthen her hand with wobbly NATO allies, but it also helped her isolate Milosevic at home and set the stage for the coup de grace flint followed the Sept.
This is the salesperson's coup de grace, reaching deep into the parental psyche to tap the wellspring of ever-present residual guilt over not taking the kids to Disney World enough, or to the therapist or dermatologist enough; for never spending enough quality time with them, or not buying them a pony or a new car or private schools.
In fact, this will have been the coup de grace administered by a professional Roman legionary, the water coming either from lung or bladder.