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Posted by DavidFG on January 15, 2007

In Reply to: PIECE DE RESISTANCE posted by exiled on fleet street on January 15, 2007

: What is the meaning of this phrase? I remember a pub bore telling me it was French for Torture Chamber - "piece" meaning room, and "resistance" referring to the resistance of the person being interrogated, which presumably would be overcome through torture. Is there any truth to this?

No. It is much simpler than that - it means a piece (or article) of (or with) staying power, longevity or the like.