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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
coup
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a coup attempt (=an attempt to change the government, usually by force)
▪ The US helped to crush the coup attempt.
abortive...coup
▪ an abortive military coup
coup d'état
coup de grâce
lead a revolt/rebellion/coup etc
▪ The rebellion was led by the King’s brother.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
abortive
▪ Rumblings from recent abortive coup plots coupled with an erosion of army discipline have reportedly weakened Guei's grip on the military.
▪ The charges against Enrile arose from the abortive coup attempt of December 1989, the most serious military insurrection Aquino to date.
alleged
▪ It was reported that he would be tried by a military court on corruption charges and for plotting an alleged coup.
attempted
▪ The attempted coup was eventually suppressed by the loyal Army command.
▪ There have already been two attempted coups against him.
▪ Joshua Oupo Gqozo, survived a further attempted coup.
▪ An attempted coup in August was frustrated by the timorous behaviour of the Abuna, who stayed away from a crucial meeting.
▪ A group of 33 officers were charged on Feb. 18 with leading or helping to stage the attempted coup.
▪ It announced on July 15 that an attempted coup had been foiled the previous night.
▪ News reports in December indicating that there had been an attempted coup were subsequently dismissed by Jawara as groundless rumours.
bloodless
▪ Chatichai Choonhaven in a bloodless coup on Feb. 23.
▪ After a succession of Presidents, in 1964 the military took control following a bloodless coup.
failed
▪ It was the worst violence Moscow had seen since the failed coup of August 1991.
▪ President Gamul Abdel Nasser had dissolved the organization after a failed coup attempt in Alexandria in which he claimed it was involved.
great
▪ The transfer is a great coup for Alex Ferguson and, at £1.2m has got to be classed as a bargain.
▪ Actually, the master criminal was carrying out his greatest coup, to murder and replace the world's most influential intelligence.
▪ That was Angeli's greatest coup.
▪ But the greatest coup of all was engineering publication of her side of the story of her failed marriage.
major
▪ It is a major publicity coup for the Ulster company, which sells its hand-made guitars all over the world.
▪ The Stadium management thinks it's a major coup.
▪ The measures represent a major coup by central government against local government and the unions.
▪ The Metropolis in Saltcoats, for example, recently pulled off a major coup by securing a live set from Chaka Khan.
military
▪ There has been a high incidence of political succession by means of military coups d'état.
▪ A military coup was carried out, and a repressive government was placed in power.
▪ The civilian government was deposed in a military coup in December 1983, and another military coup took place in August 1985.
▪ The chaotic situation gave an opening for the military coup.
▪ The civilian government was deposed in a military coup in December 1983, and another military coup took place in August 1985.
▪ Provoke a military coup against Hussein.
▪ Jerry Rawlings rode into office on the back of a bloody military coup in 1979.
soviet
▪ While condemning the Soviet coup, Marchais had described it as understandable in view of the failure of perestroika.
■ NOUN
attempt
▪ The following month he publicly waived the death sentence hanging over the organizers of the second coup attempt of 1983.
▪ These leaders have all denied involvement in any coup attempt.
▪ Even now, although the latest rebellion has been contained, military leaders say another coup attempt is possible.
▪ President Gamul Abdel Nasser had dissolved the organization after a failed coup attempt in Alexandria in which he claimed it was involved.
▪ It was also reported that three dismissed military officers had been charged with rebellion and murder in connection with the December coup attempt.
▪ Two coup attempts have been rumoured in recent months.
▪ The move followed unconfirmed reports of a coup attempt in late June by a brigade of the elite Republican Guards.
leader
▪ The coup leader, Major Moises Giraldi, was buried on Monday beside three other rebel graves.
▪ The military high command, led by coup leader and Armed Forces C.-in-C.
▪ The military said it had launched a big manhunt for army coup leaders who escaped when their men surrendered.
▪ Anatoly Lukyanov, one of the coup leaders, sent his greetings from prison.
▪ Ten soldiers were killed, including the coup leader, Major Moises Giroldi Vega.
▪ The coup leader, Armed Forces C.-in-C.
palace
▪ A staunch anti-communist, Craxi became party secretary in 1976 after a palace coup.
▪ There are just palace coups, poisonings, and back-room deals.
▪ Had a palace coup, got coach fired, then started winning.
plot
▪ Rumblings from recent abortive coup plots coupled with an erosion of army discipline have reportedly weakened Guei's grip on the military.
▪ On Aug. 1 the government announced that it had discovered a coup plot.
plotter
▪ One problem for any coup plotters was what to do with the Shah if Mossadeq were removed.
▪ September execution of coup plotters and Cabinet reshuffle p. 36887.
■ VERB
bring
▪ The aid cutoff followed a brutal coup that brought to power Gen.
▪ Generals Roh and Chun now face charges of corruption and of allegedly masterminding a 1979 coup that brought them to power.
▪ That is carried to such an extreme that we will recognise dictatorships and ignore the coups which bring some despots to power.
depose
▪ The civilian government was deposed in a military coup in December 1983, and another military coup took place in August 1985.
follow
▪ In the days immediately following the coup attempt there were a number of demonstrations in support of Djohar.
▪ In the recriminations that followed the botched coup, pro- and anti-Noriega factions attacked the White House.
▪ The aid cutoff followed a brutal coup that brought to power Gen.
▪ After a succession of Presidents, in 1964 the military took control following a bloodless coup.
▪ Gqozo, 38, came to power following a coup in Ciskei two years ago.
lead
▪ This experience shaped the political ambition that led ultimately to his coup of 23 July 1952.
▪ The military high command, led by coup leader and Armed Forces C.-in-C.
overthrow
▪ They saw their democratically elected president overthrown by a military coup.
▪ He was overthrown in a coup in 1991 and forced to flee the country, but that only fed his popularity.
▪ Ten months after his election, the military overthrew him in a coup.
plan
▪ If this report that the army is planning a coup is serious, then the army must be discouraged from doing that.
see
▪ They saw their democratically elected president overthrown by a military coup.
support
▪ Aylwin, who had supported Pinochet's 1973 coup, was jeered by crowds outside the cemetery.
▪ The accusations of incompetence after the botched attempt to support the anti-Noriega coup in October had stung the Bush Administration.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Ben Bella was overthrown in a military coup in 1965.
▪ Getting to host the race was a coup for the Santa Cruz Yacht Club.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ But the coup the youngest daughter most wanted was to reconcile with her father in a big way.
▪ For Stewart, the Athens dispatches were a journalistic coup of the first rank.
▪ S.-backed coup which overthrew a democratically elected government.
▪ The next morning, a week after his coup, senior army officers told him his time had run out.
▪ There they argued inconclusively, and the students prepared to stage a coup in Jakarta.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Coup

Coup \Coup\ (k[=oo]), n. [F., fr.L. colaphus a cuff, Gr. ko`lafos.]

  1. 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.

  2. A single roll of the wheel at roulette, or a deal at rouge et noir. [Cant]

  3. 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. --G. B. Grinnell. Among the Blackfeet the capture of a shield, bow, gun, war bonnet, war shirt, or medicine pipe was deemed a coup. --G. B. Grinnell. Coup de grace (k[=oo]` de gr[.a]s") [F.], the stroke of mercy with which an executioner ends by death the sufferings of the condemned; hence, a decisive, finishing stroke. Coup de main (k[=oo]` de m[a^]N") [F.] (Mil.), a sudden and unexpected movement or attack. Coup de soleil (k[=o]` de s[-o]*l[asl]l or -l[asl]"y') [F.] (Med.), a sunstroke. See Sunstroke. Coup d'['e]tat (k[=oo]" d[asl]*t[aum]") [F.] (Politics), a sudden, decisive exercise of power whereby the existing government is subverted without the consent of the people; an unexpected measure of state, more or less violent; a stroke of policy. Coup d'[oe]il (k[=oo]` d[~e]l"). [F.]

    1. A single view; a rapid glance of the eye; a comprehensive view of a scene; as much as can be seen at one view.

    2. The general effect of a picture.

    3. (Mil.) The faculty or the act of comprehending at a glance the weakness or strength of a military position, of a certain arrangement of troops, the most advantageous position for a battlefield, etc.

Coup

Coup \Coup\ v. i. To make a coup.

Woe to the Sioux if the Northern Cheyennes get a chance to coup !
--F. Remington.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
coup

c.1400, from Old French coup, colp "a blow, strike" (12c.), from Medieval Latin colpus, from Vulgar Latin colapus, from Latin colaphus "a cuff, box on the ear," from Greek kolaphos "a blow, slap." Meaning "a sudden decisive act" is 1852, short for coup d'etat. In Modern French the word is a workhorse, describing everything from a pat on the back to a whipping, and is used as well of thunder, gusts of wind, gunshots, and chess moves.

Wiktionary
coup

n. 1 A quick, brilliant, and highly successful act; a triumph. 2 (context US historical of Native Americans English) A blow against an enemy delivered in a way that shows bravery. 3 A coup d'état. vb. (cx intransitive English) To make a coup.

WordNet
coup
  1. n. a sudden and decisive change of government illegally or by force [syn: coup d'etat, putsch, takeover]

  2. a brilliant and notable success

Wikipedia
Coup (bridge)

In contract bridge, coup is a generic name for various techniques in play, denoting a specific pattern in the lie and the play of cards; it is a special play maneuver by declarer.

There are various types of coup which can be effected.

Coup (disambiguation)

Coup is typically used as the short form of the phrase coup d'état, a sudden overthrow of a government.

Coup or The Coup may also refer to:

  • Counting coup, a Native American show of bravery
  • William C. Coup (1836–1895), American businessman, partner of P. T. Barnum
  • Coup (bridge), various techniques of play in contract bridge
Coup (album)

Coup is the debut album by The New Regime, which is a solo project by Ilan Rubin, the previous drummer of Welsh band Lostprophets and current drummer of Angels and Airwaves. Ilan recorded all ten tracks himself on all instruments, including vocals. In addition to the songs found over the last few months on his Myspace page, he recorded two additional songs for this album.

It was released on November 18, 2008 as a digital download on digital music stores such as iTunes, Amazon and eMusic. It was also released as a free download on the official Nine Inch Nails web site.

A follow-up to Coup was released three years later in April 2011 and is called Speak Through The White Noise.

Usage examples of "coup".

A onze heures et demie, un coup de canon annonce que la fete nautique commence.

The other principle was to try to make certain that I did not give cryptology sole and total credit for winning a battle or making possible a diplomatic coup or whatever happened if, as was usual, other factors played a role.

Busy though he was at the telephone directing the coup in Vienna, he managed to slip over during the evening to the Haus der Flieger, where he was official host to a thousand high-ranking officials and diplomats, who were being entertained at a glittering soiree by the orchestra, the singers and the ballet of the State Opera.

General Beck made his last-minute preparations for directing the coup until Stauffenberg could return by air from his murderous deed.

Jumping Snake repeated so often and so dolefully that the others wanted to silence him, but he was a senior chief with many coups and his lamentations continued.

Everywhere in Newark it was seen as a great coup for Jacobs that he had convinced a name partner in a firm to give so much up for the meager emolument and lowly prestige of a state court superior judge.

Les articles sous le coup desquels elle vous place sont les 354, 355, 356, 357 du code penal, qui disent que quiconque aura enleve ou detourne une fille au-dessous de seize ans subira la peine des travaux forces a temps.

This coup was almost inevitable, given the Expansionist mind-set, and I fear that whatever survives of the Federation will be a military dictatorship or something even worse.

By dinnertime, they were all extremely comfortable with each other, and as the tender finally took them back to Coup de Foudre, Diana said she felt like Cinderella as she watched the footmen turn back into mice, and the coach into a pumpkin.

More than that, they had come to like her, and by the end of the evening, they were all talking about renting Coup de Foudre again the following year.

But that totally unexpected coup de foudre that had smitten her after the chance meeting with Harry Kennedy was the last straw.

A desultory gunfight occurred, but nothing much would have happened except that one Shoshone dashed into camp, astonished McKeag by counting coup on him, and the Scotsman reached for his gun, whereupon the Indian struck him with a tomahawk, gashing his right shoulder.

My driver hefted a large hammer, decided against giving the engine a coup de grace, slung the hammer aside, and walked to the rear of the taxi to detach a bike and hand it over.

Then, after things went to hell in Central Park, the Hierophant was so confident, so certain we could turn apparent disaster into a major coup.

Certainly, there is nothing to link this Hsiao character or his Burmese allies with the coup leaders.