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coup

 (ko͞o)
n. pl. coups (ko͞oz)
1. A brilliantly executed stratagem; a triumph.
2.
a. A coup d'état.
b. A sudden appropriation of leadership or power; a takeover: a boardroom coup.
3. Among certain Native American peoples, a feat of bravery performed in battle, especially the touching of an enemy's body without causing injury.
Idiom:
count coup
Among certain Native American peoples, to ceremoniously recount one's exploits in battle.

[French, stroke, from Old French colp, from Late Latin colpus, from Latin colaphus, from Greek kolaphos.]

coup

(kuː)
n
1. a brilliant and successful stroke or action
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) short for coup d'état
[C18: from French: blow, from Latin colaphus blow with the fist, from Greek kolaphos]

coup

(kaʊp) or

cowp

vb
to turn or fall over
n
a rubbish tip
[C15: perhaps identical with obsolete cope to strike; see cope1]

coup

(kaʊp)
vb
Scot to barter; traffic; deal
[C14: from Old Norse kaupa to buy]

coup

(ku)

n., pl. coups (ko̅o̅z; Fr. ko̅o̅).
1. a highly successful, unexpected stroke, act, or move.
2. (among the Plains Indians of North America) a daring deed performed in battle by a warrior, as touching an enemy without sustaining injury oneself.
[1640–50; < French: literally, blow, stroke, Old French colp < Late Latin colpus, Latin colaphus < Greek kólaphos]

coup


Past participle: couped
Gerund: couping

Imperative
coup
coup
Present
I coup
you coup
he/she/it coups
we coup
you coup
they coup
Preterite
I couped
you couped
he/she/it couped
we couped
you couped
they couped
Present Continuous
I am couping
you are couping
he/she/it is couping
we are couping
you are couping
they are couping
Present Perfect
I have couped
you have couped
he/she/it has couped
we have couped
you have couped
they have couped
Past Continuous
I was couping
you were couping
he/she/it was couping
we were couping
you were couping
they were couping
Past Perfect
I had couped
you had couped
he/she/it had couped
we had couped
you had couped
they had couped
Future
I will coup
you will coup
he/she/it will coup
we will coup
you will coup
they will coup
Future Perfect
I will have couped
you will have couped
he/she/it will have couped
we will have couped
you will have couped
they will have couped
Future Continuous
I will be couping
you will be couping
he/she/it will be couping
we will be couping
you will be couping
they will be couping
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been couping
you have been couping
he/she/it has been couping
we have been couping
you have been couping
they have been couping
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been couping
you will have been couping
he/she/it will have been couping
we will have been couping
you will have been couping
they will have been couping
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been couping
you had been couping
he/she/it had been couping
we had been couping
you had been couping
they had been couping
Conditional
I would coup
you would coup
he/she/it would coup
we would coup
you would coup
they would coup
Past Conditional
I would have couped
you would have couped
he/she/it would have couped
we would have couped
you would have couped
they would have couped

coup

The sudden overthrow of a government, often with violence.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.coup - a sudden and decisive change of government illegally or by forcecoup - a sudden and decisive change of government illegally or by force
group action - action taken by a group of people
countercoup - a sudden and decisive overthrow of a government that gained power by a coup d'etat
2.coup - a brilliant and notable success
success - an attainment that is successful; "his success in the marathon was unexpected"; "his new play was a great success"

coup

noun masterstroke, feat, stunt, action, stroke, exploit, manoeuvre, deed, accomplishment, tour de force (French), stratagem, stroke of genius They have scored something of a coup by persuading her to join.
Translations
إنقِلاب فُجائيضَربة مُفاجِئة ناجِحَـه
převratskvělý tah
kupstatskup
snilldarbragî, snjallræîivaldarán
netikėta sėkmėperversmasvalstybės perversmas
sekmīgs darījumsvalsts apvērsumsveikls gājiens
prevrat
çok başarılı işhükümet darbesi

coup

[kuː]
A. N
1. (Pol) (also coup d'état) → golpe m (de estado)
2. (= triumph) → éxito m
to bring off a coupobtener un éxito inesperado
B. CPD coup de grace Ngolpe m de gracia
coup de théâtre Ngolpe m de efecto

coup

[ˈkuː] [coups] (pl) n
(= achievement) → beau coup m
(also coup d'état) → coup m d'État

coup

n
(= successful action)Coup m
(= coup d’état)Staatsstreich m, → Coup d’Etat m

coup

:
coup de grâce
n (lit, fig)Gnadenstoß m; (with gun) → Gnadenschuss m
coup d’état
n = coup b

coup

[kuː] n (Pol) (also coup d'état) → colpo di stato, golpe m inv; (triumph) → bel colpo

coup

(kuː) noun
1. a sudden successful action. He achieved a real coup by completing this deal.
2. a coup d'état. There's been a coup in one of the African republics.
coup d'état (kuːdeiˈtaː) plural coups d'état (kuːdei-)
– a sudden and violent change in government. The president was killed during the coup d'état.
References in periodicals archive ?
Before attaining the age of a warrior, Plenty Coup lamented, "How I wished to count coup, to wear an eagle's feather in my hair, to sit in the council with my chiefs, holding an eagle's wing in my hand .
Indeed I had been close enough to count coup, to see and hear this deer's breath, to stare into his eyes.
Theft objective is to prevail and then to count coup.