Coup meaning

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The definition of a coup is a political uprising in which power changes hands or a successful strategic move.

An example of a coup is when rebels overthrow the government.

An example of a coup is when you make a big sale.

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A blow.
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Among certain Native American peoples, a feat of bravery performed in battle, especially the touching of an enemy's body without causing injury.
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A sudden, successful move or action; brilliant stroke.
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A quick, brilliant, and highly successful act; a triumph.
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A coup d'état.
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By extension, a takeover of one group by another.
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A brilliantly executed stratagem; a triumph.
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  • Among certain Native American peoples, to ceremoniously recount one's exploits in battle.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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
    From Wiktionary