COUP

coup

(noun) a brilliant and notable success

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Etymology

Noun

coup (plural coups)

A quick, brilliant, and highly successful act.

Synonym: triumph

(US, historical, of Native Americans) A blow against an enemy delivered in a way that shows bravery.

A coup d'état.

Synonym: putsch

(by extension) A takeover of one group by another.

A single roll of the wheel at roulette, or a deal in rouge et noir.

(bridge) One of various named strategies employed by the declarer to win more tricks, such as the Bath coup.

Verb

coup (third-person singular simple present coups, present participle couping, simple past and past participle couped)

(intransitive) To make a coup.

Anagrams

• Cupo

Source: Wiktionary


Coup (k), n. Etym: [F., fr.L. colaphus a cuff, Gr.

Definition: A sudden stroke; an unexpected device or stratagem; -- a term used in various ways to convey the idea of promptness and force. Coup de grace (ke gr Etym: [F.], the stroke of mercy with which an executioner ends by death the sufferings of the condemned; hence, a decisive, finishing stroke.

– Coup de main (ke m Etym: [F.] (Mil.), a sudden and unexpected movement or attack.

– Coup de soleil (k Etym: [F.] (Med.), a sunstroke. See Sunstroke.

– Coup d'état (k Etym: [F.] (Politics), a sudden, decisive exercise of power whereby the existing government is subverted without the consent of the people; an unexpected measure of state, more or less violent; a stroke of policy.

– Coup d'oeil (k. Etym: [F.] (a) A single view; a rapid glance of the eye; a comprehensive view of a scene; as much as can be seen at one view. (b) The general effect of a picture. (c) (Mil.) The faculty or the act of comprehending at a glance the weakness or strength of a military position, of a certain arrangement of troops, the most advantageous position for a battlefield, etc.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition



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