coup

noun
1 (also coup d'état) violent change of government
ADJECTIVE
abortive, attempted, failed, unsuccessful
successful
bloody
bloodless
army (esp. BrE), military
palace

He deposed his father in a palace coup in 1970.

communist, right-wing, etc.
boardroom

She lost her position in a boardroom coup (= a sudden change of power in a company).

VERB + COUP
launch, mount, stage
foil, put down

The coup was immediately put down and the plotters were shot.

engineer, foment, orchestrate, plan, plot
lead
come to power in, seize power in

He seized power in a military coup.

COUP + NOUN
attempt, plot
leader, plotter
PREPOSITION
coup against

a coup against the president

2 achievement
ADJECTIVE
big, great, major, real, spectacular (esp. BrE)

Winning that contract was her greatest coup.

diplomatic, intelligence, marketing, propaganda, publicity
VERB + COUP
pull off, score

He managed to pull off a major diplomatic coup.


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  • coup — coup …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • coup — [ ku ] n. m. • colp 1080; lat. pop. colpus, class. colaphus, gr. kolaphos I ♦ 1 ♦ Mouvement par lequel un corps vient en heurter un autre; impression (ébranlement, bruit...) produite par ce qui heurte. ⇒ choc, ébranlement, heurt, tamponnement.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • coup — COUP. s. mas. Impression que fait un corps sur un autre en le frappant, le perçant, le divisant, etc. Grand coup. Petit coup. Rude coup. Coup léger. Coup pesant. La force, la pesanteur du coup. Coup qui entre bien avant. Coup de poing. Coup de… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • coup — COUP. s. m. Impression que fait un corps sur un autre en le frappant, le perçant, le divisant &c. Grand coup. petit coup. rude coup. coup leger. coup pesant. la force, la pesanteur du coup. coup qui entre bien avant. coup de poing. coup de pied,… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • coup — Coup, ou Coupau, Que nous disons Cocu, c est celuy duquel la femme s abbandonne à autre, Curuca. Coup, {{t=g}}kopis,{{/t}} Copis, huius copidis genus est gladij, mucro, bipennis, securis, {{t=g}}kopos.{{/t}} Copos signifie autant que Labor,… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • coup — [ ku ] noun count ** 1. ) coup or coup d état an occasion when a group of people takes control of a country, usually by means of military force: a military/army coup: There has been a series of military coups since the country gained independence …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Coup — (k[=oo]), n. [F., fr.L. colaphus a cuff, Gr. ko lafos.] 1. A sudden stroke delivered with promptness and force; used also in various ways to convey the idea of an unexpected, clever, and successful tactic or stratagem. [1913 Webster +PJC] 2. A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • coup — [ku:] n [Date: 1700 1800; : French; Origin: hit, stroke ] 1.) a sudden and sometimes violent attempt by citizens or the army to take control of the government = coup d état ▪ Haiti s first elected president was deposed in a violent military coup …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Coup — v. i. To make a coup. Woe to the Sioux if the Northern Cheyennes get a chance to coup ! F. Remington. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Coup — [kuː] der; s, s; 1 eine riskante, überraschende, oft illegale Handlung: Den Posträubern ist ein großer Coup gelungen 2 einen Coup landen gespr; einen ↑Coup (1) mit Erfolg ausführen …   Langenscheidt Großwörterbuch Deutsch als Fremdsprache

  • Coup — Sm (gelungenes) riskantes Unternehmen erw. fach. (17. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus frz. coup, dieses über ml. col(a)pus Streich, Schlag aus l. colaphus Faustschlag, Ohrfeige , aus gr. kólaphos. Die Bedeutungsübertragung wie bei Schlag (schlagen) …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache


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