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Coup meaning

coup - 3 dictionary results

  1. 1. A single roll of the wheel at roulette, or a deal at rouge et noir.
  2. 2. Among some tribes of North American Indians, the act of striking or touching an enemy in warfare with the hand or at close quarters, as with a short stick, in such a manner as by custom to entitle the doer to count the deed an act of bravery; hence, any of various other deeds recognized by custom as acts of bravery or honor.
  3. 3. To make a coup.

coup - examples of usage

  1. It gave him a fine sense of the ferocity which he had read of the French troops putting on toward the populace just before the coup d'etat; he began to feel like the populace; but he struggled with himself and regained his character of philosophical observer. - "A Hazard of New Fortunes, Part Fifth", William Dean Howells.
  2. In any case, to finally be inside the Dorian Institute was a major coup in his own quest. - "Syndrome", Thomas Hoover.
  3. There was little that was obscure or inexplicable in the coup; it was an amazing display of force majeure, an act of stark audacity. - "The Sins of Séverac Bablon", Sax Rohmer.
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