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coup

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verb \ ˈkōp \

Definition of coup

chiefly Scotland

Origin and Etymology of coup

Middle English, to strike, from Anglo-French couper — more at cope


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coup

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noun \ ˈkü \

Definition of coup

plural coups play \ˈküz\
1 :a brilliant, sudden, and usually highly successful stroke or act
  • She pulled off quite a coup when she snagged the usually reclusive author for an interview.

Examples of coup in a Sentence

  1. It was a major coup when they got the Vice President to appear on their show for an interview.

  2. winning that big contract was a real coup

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Origin and Etymology of coup

French, blow, stroke — more at cope


COUP Defined for English Language Learners

coup

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noun

Definition of coup for English Language Learners

  • : an impressive victory or achievement that usually is difficult or unexpected


Medical Dictionary

coup

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noun \ ˈkü \

medical Definition of coup

:injury occurring on the side of an organ (as the brain) on which a blow or impact is received — compare contrecoup


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