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mercy killing:

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, either painlessly putting to death or failing to prevent death from natural causes in cases of terminal illness or irreversible coma. The term comes from the Greek expression for "good death.
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With the publication of "Inertia IS Gravity," Myhre hopes to prompt academic physicists to finalize the coup de grace that he has begun by continuing to develop this more-coherent foundation for the methodology of quantum physics, which was impossible to achieve in the late 1920s because of the lack of sufficient knowledge at that time.
In an economy starved of consumption spending, that promise was the coup de grace.
The higher surface sea temperatures are attributed to a new El Nino, although it is widely believed that global warming is the key underlying factor and the El Nino event the final coup de grace.
It's hard not to feel some sympathy as he compares the dying Bismarck to a bull mortally wounded in a bullfight, awaiting the coup de grace.
The coup de grace comes about when an unlabelled videotape arrives from San Francisco, containing footage of a boy tied up and lying unconscious on the ground.
At that point in the heated point/counterpoint, when there's fire in the hole and a coup de grace is needed to put their weak, terminally flawed arguments Out of their misery, we hit 'em right between the eyes.
The coup de grace is the floor in the master bath; we used interlocking pebbles in natural tones, even in the shower area.
The former stand-up comedian and computer programmer has scored another coup de grace.
A couple of weeks ago Compaq's Windows NT on Alpha fantasy was abandoned in a similar coup de grace.
But the coup de grace was a private letter from the World Bank--leaked to the local media--that was critical of the project.
The coup de grace, said Patrick Young, vice president of merchandising, is the "boutiquey" handpainted accent furniture that will be in stores and promoted in ads beginning in September.
But before delivering that coup de grace, consider this: being constructive, not destructive, may create a whole new boss for the liking.