Definition of coup
- She pulled off quite a coup when she snagged the usually reclusive author for an interview.
It was a major coup when they got the Vice President to appear on their show for an interview.
winning that big contract was a real coup
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a feather in one's cap;
: an impressive victory or achievement that usually is difficult or unexpected
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