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[koo] /ku/

noun, plural coups
[kooz; French koo] /kuz; French ku/ (Show IPA)
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.
count coup,

[kohp, koop] /koʊp, kup/
verb (used with or without object), Scot.
overturn; upset.
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

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.
coup [(kooh)]

In politics, an abbreviation for coup d’état.


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