Pièce de résistance

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Pièce de résistance (French pronunciation: ​[pjɛs də ʁezistɑ̃s]) is a French term (circa 1839), also called plat de résistance in France, translated into English literally as "piece of (or for) resistance," referring to the best part or feature of something (as in a meal), a showpiece, or highlight. It can be thought of as the portion of a creation that "resists" (i.e. defies) orthodox or common conventions and practices, thereby making the whole of the creation unique and special. The phrase gives the sense that the referred-to element is the most outstanding, notable, or defining of the collection. For example:

Even with a diverse movie and television portfolio, Burnett's pièce de résistance will likely forever be The Carol Burnett Show.

The term is also used when someone is finishing something and calls the last piece to complete the build the pièce de résistance:

And now, the pièce de résistance

Originally, the pièce de résistance was the most substantial dish in a meal, but now the term generally refers to quality, not quantity.

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