Meaning of coup


Pronunciation: (k), [key]
— pl. coups
  1. a highly successful, unexpected stroke, act, or move; a clever action or accomplishment.
  2. (among the Plains Indians of North America) a brave or reckless deed performed in battle by a single warrior, as touching or striking an enemy warrior without sustaining injury oneself.
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  4. (among Plains Indians of North America)
    1. to perform a coup.
    2. to recount or relate the coups one has performed.


Pronunciation: (kōp, kp), [key]
— v.t., v.i. Scot.
  1. overturn; upset.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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