- a highly successful, unexpected stroke, act, or move; a clever action or accomplishment.
- (among the Plains Indians of North America) a brave or reckless deed performed in battle by a single warrior, as touching or striking an enemy warrior without sustaining injury oneself.
- coup d'état.
- count coup, (among Plains Indians of North America)
- to perform a coup.
- to recount or relate the coups one has performed.
Origin of coup1
- overturn; upset.
Origin of coup2
Examples from the Web for coup
As it happened, the coup members found the State House “fortified with additional soldiers.”
Most coup members “lived in the diaspora in the United States and Germany,” Faal said.
That Stone would slander the democratic, pro-Western, EuroMaidan revolution as a CIA coup is no surprise.Oliver Stone’s Latest Dictator Suckup
January 5, 2015
Perhaps in part because it was an FBI coup, the CIA stepped in with its high-priced psychologist.The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built
December 12, 2014
Had the coup succeeded, the Qatar problem might have become still worse than it is.U.S. Ally Qatar Shelters Jihadi Moneymen
December 10, 2014
He preferred to wait and see what coup it was she was now preparing.Cleo The Magnificent
He was taken prisoner by the insurgents at the time of the Coup d'Etat.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
He sat down at the table and began a warm panegyric on the Coup d'Etat.
Eugene briefly announced the complete success of the Coup d'Etat.
You had just planned a coup on the Stock Exchange which promised you immense rewards.The Market-Place
- a brilliant and successful stroke or action
- short for coup d'état
- to turn or fall over
- a rubbish tip
- Scot to barter; traffic; deal
Word Origin and History for coup
c.1400, from Old French coup, colp "a blow, strike" (12c.), from Medieval Latin colpus, from Vulgar Latin colapus, from Latin colaphus "a cuff, box on the ear," from Greek kolaphos "a blow, slap." Meaning "a sudden decisive act" is 1852, short for coup d'etat. In Modern French the word is a workhorse, describing everything from a pat on the back to a whipping, and is used as well of thunder, gusts of wind, gunshots, and chess moves.