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palace revolution

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noun
  1. a challenge to or overthrow of a sovereign or other leader by members of the ruling family or group.
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Origin of palace revolution

First recorded in 1900–05
Also called palace revolt, palace coup [koo] /ku/.
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palace revolution

noun
  1. a coup d'état made by those already in positions of power, usually with little violence
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