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Date: 1700-1800
Language: French
Origin: 'piece of resistance'

pièce de résistance

noun
     
pi‧èce de ré‧sis‧tance [countable]
the best or most important thing in a series, which comes after everything else:
The pièce de résistance was a stunning goal in the last minute of the match.

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