• WordNet 3.6
    • n coup a brilliant and notable success
    • n coup a sudden and decisive change of government illegally or by force
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1991, during an attempted political coup on Russian President Boris Yelstin, food supplies had dwindled down at the parliament buildings so they ordered Pizza Hut to deliver pizzas
    • Coup A single roll of the wheel at roulette, or a deal at rouge et noir.
    • Coup 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.
    • Coup Among some tribes of North American Indians especially of the Great Plains, 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. "While the coup was primarily, and usually, a blow with something held in the hand, other acts in warfare which involved great danger to him who performed them were also reckoned coups by some tribes.""Among the Blackfeet the capture of a shield, bow, gun, war bonnet, war shirt, or medicine pipe was deemed a coup ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There have been close to 200 coups and counter-coups in the country of Bolivia
    • coup To cut; slash: in the extracts, with reference to shoes ornamentally slashed.
    • coup To upset; overturn; tilt over; turn upside down; dump: as, to coup the cart.
    • coup To die.
    • coup To give or exchange blows; fight.
    • coup To upset; be overturned; fall or tumble over.
    • coup To swoop.
    • n coup A blow; a stroke.
    • n coup A trick; a snare.
    • n coup The act of upsetting or overturning, or state of being overturned; the act of dumping.
    • n coup A tumble; a fall.
    • n coup A fault in a seam of coal.
    • n coup A cart-load.
    • coup To barter; buy and sell, as horses or cattle.
    • n coup An obsolete or dialectal (Scotch) form of cup.
    • n coup A stroke or blow, especially a sudden stroke, implying promptness and force: a French word used in English in various French phrases, or singly, with conscious reference to its French use.
    • n coup Specifically, with reference to the north western tribes of the Indians of North America, a stroke that captures the weapon or horse of an enemy; hence, victory over an enemy.
    • n coup A coup d'état; a stroke of policy. See below.
    • n coup Specifically— Milit., that talent for rapid observation and generalization by which an officer is enabled by a glance to estimate the advantages and disadvantages of a field of battle for attack and defense, and thus to post his troops without delay so as to make the most of it.
    • n coup A stroke; a brilliant play; in banking games the decision of all the bets by one event.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Coup kōō a blow, stroke, a successful hit:
    • v.t Coup kowp to exchange or barter
    • v.t Coup kowp to overturn.
    • n Coup kōō (billiards) the act of putting a ball in a pocket without having hit another ball
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  • Edmond and Jules De Goncourt
    “I feel sure that coups d'?tat would go much better if there were seats, boxes, and stalls so that one could see what was happening and not miss anything.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr.L. colaphus, a cuff, Gr. ko`lafos
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—colaphos, a blow.


In literature:

The reign of Gian Galeazzo, which began with this coup-de-main (1385-1402), forms a very important chapter in Italian history.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7)" by John Addington Symonds
This coupe was a marvel; besides, it was very well known; it was called the Chamblard coupe.
"Parisian Points of View" by Ludovic Halévy
Hugo,' Albert whispered, as he put his head into the coupe.
"Hugo" by Arnold Bennett
"Notable Events of the Nineteenth Century" by Various
The shadow of his coupe was still projected between them along the ochre-colored road.
"His Excellency the Minister" by Jules Claretie
The English had made a great coup.
"French and English" by Evelyn Everett-Green
The duke dispatched his valet to the ticket office to engage a coupe on the express train, so that he might be entirely private.
"The Lost Lady of Lone" by E.D.E.N. Southworth
However, Rownie called up to her that her coupe was at the door.
"A Man's Woman" by Frank Norris
I'll pay her back out of this coup, too, another good thing.
"Her Own Way" by Clyde Fitch
Argent, a sinister hand couped at the wrist and erected gules, within a bordure azure.
"The Manual of Heraldry; Fifth Edition" by Anonymous

In poetry:

The scrape of runners, the answering scrape
of a door: the roar of Taiga winds.
A royal decree arrives:
- Coup d'etat and the grandee is coming.
""Patiently, as one grinds gravel"" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
"Oh dear! tak' but ane, it may do ye gude!"
But what ails the woman? she surely is wud!
She's lifted the kettle, but somehow it coup'd
On the legs o' the laird, wha roar'd and wha' loup'd.
"Ye'll Mount, Gudeman" by Carolina Oliphant
The wily wife fleech'd, and the laird didna see
The smile on her cheek thro' the tear in her e'e—
"Had I kent the gudeman wad ha'e had siccan pain,
The kettle, for me, sud hae couped its lane!"
"Ye'll Mount, Gudeman" by Carolina Oliphant
"By evolution I was planned,
And marvellously made as you;
And I am led to understand
The selfsame God conceived us two:
Sire, though the coup de grâce you give,
Even a roach has right to live."
"Death Of A Cockroach" by Robert W Service

In news:

Ruder Finn's tourism work for Maldives is worth $65K a month, according to its contract with the Indian Ocean island nation that was subject to a military coup in February.
The Luxury Coupe With Street-Racer Muscle.
The record company wanted to mold the highly talented lineup of artists into the next big recording coup of the late '60s.
The Winnetka, California, resident's dad, Sid, had purchased a new Willow Green '65 4.2 coupe (a special-order color on E-Types that year) from Frank Millard Sports Cars of Encino.
In Roiling Coup at Harvard Club, Board Blasted Over Glass House.
There's a coup d'etat brewing at the Harvard Club.
Most of these men — who came to power after colonialism gave way to self-rule in the 1960s — hung onto the reins of government until they succumbed to natural death or a bloody coup.
An Ode to the Coupe Glass.
The engineers at Ruf are feeling a twinge of nostalgia, or they're simply targeting a segment of Porsche 911 customer who can't quite decide between a coupe and convertible.
Staff photo by Suzanne Stone Terry McGee and Madison Woodrow check out a 1941 Coupe at the Sassafras Festival's antique car show on Saturday.
Stephen Schwartz and Opera Santa Barbara have pulled off the season's first major coup with this world premiere of what is likely to be among the most talked-about new operas of the decade.
Pictured is AGCO's Spra-Coupe 7660.
Such unrest is unusual for Senegal , which is the only West African country to have not had a coup d'état since liberation in 1959.
For the first time, the 2014 BMW i8 Coupe production sheet metal has been revealed in these photo-illustrations.
The '40 Ford coupe reproduction steel bodies are assembled at the Real Deal Steel facilities in Sanford, Florida.

In science:

The Orion Nebula Cluster (ONC) presents a unique opportinuty to characterize the magnetic fields of nearby massive OB stars. A Chandra large program was dedicated to observe the ONC in X-rays: The Chandra Orion Ultradeep Pro ject (COUP) consisted of a 10-day exposure of the ONC (Getman et al. 2005).
Magnetic fields, winds and X-rays of massive stars: A spectropolarimetric survey of the Orion cluster
Stelzer et al. (2005) have studied the COUP massive star sample, containing 9 massive OB stars for which radiatively-driven winds should be the dominant mechanism for X-ray emission.
Magnetic fields, winds and X-rays of massive stars: A spectropolarimetric survey of the Orion cluster
Chandra has recently examined the X-ray properties of the Orion Nebula Cluster (ONC), in a pro ject known as the Chandra Orion Ultra-Deep Pro ject (COUP).
The Properties of X-ray Luminous Young Stellar Objects in the NGC 1333 and Serpens Embedded Clusters
Bosonization rules allow to separate the theory into a heavy (above the mass-gap) and a light (below) sector, and recently an exact solution for the latter has appeared . 2Note that in 2 dimensions the couping g has the dimension of a mass.
The phase transition in the multiflavour Schwinger model
From its high electronic density of states at the Fermi surface and its phonon spectrum, one would expect s t rong e l e c t ron -phonon coup l ing , and th e r e fo r e a reasonable high superconducting transition temperature.
Assembling the puzzle of superconducting elements: A Review