Crossword clues for coup
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Coup \Coup\ (k[=oo]), n. [F., fr.L. colaphus a cuff, Gr. ko`lafos.]
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.
A single roll of the wheel at roulette, or a deal at rouge et noir. [Cant]
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.]
A single view; a rapid glance of the eye; a comprehensive view of a scene; as much as can be seen at one view.
The general effect of a picture.
(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\ v. i. To make a coup.
Woe to the Sioux if the Northern Cheyennes get a chance
to coup !
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
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.
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.
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 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 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.