An example of a coup is when rebels overthrow the government.
An example of a coup is when you make a big sale.
A boardroom coup.
- Among certain Native American peoples, to ceremoniously recount one's exploits in battle.
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Origin of coup
- French stroke from Old French colp from Late Latin colpus from Latin colaphus from Greek kolaphos
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Borrowing from Old French