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coup

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1  —as in:
deposed in the coup
Definition the sudden overthrow of a government by use of limited force
  • A successful coup with no bloodshed.
coup = the sudden overthrow of a government by use of limited force
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • It's the country's third coup in twenty years.
  • coup = the sudden overthrow of a government by use of limited force
  • The coup conspirators were arrested.
  • coup = related to the sudden overthrow of a government by use of limited force
  • In 2003, I warned of a "creeping coup" in Russia against the forces of democracy and market capitalism in Russia...
    John McCain
  • He even considered working as a mercenary bombardier in an attempted coup in a small Caribbean country,
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • coup = sudden overthrow of a government by use of limited force
  • In his absence, his cousin Daoud Khan had ended the king's forty-year reign with a bloodless coup.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • coup = sudden overthrow of a government by use of limited force
  • My country may not be very old, but unfortunately it already has a history of military coups, and when my father was eight a general called Zia ul-Haq seized power.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • coups = sudden overthrow of a government by use of limited force
  • Hatter did recognize some of the buildings, as dilapidated as they were, but he couldn't afford to feel sorrow for the changes wrought in the capital city since Redd's coup.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • coup = sudden overthrow of the government
  • You build a hideous minimall or start a coup or try to become a rock star and you think, "They'll remember me now," but (a) they don't remember you, and (b) all you leave behind are more scars.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • coup = sudden overthrow of a government by use of limited force
  • They talked for a while about the coup in Uganda, and about the tribal and religious differences there.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
coup = the sudden overthrow of a government by use of limited force

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2  —as in:
a financial coup
Definition a brilliant and notable success
  • We consider it a coup for the University to get the new presidential library.
coup = a brilliant and notable success
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Signing him was a coup for our club.
  • coup = brilliant and notable success
  • It was a marketing coup.
  • coup = a brilliant and notable success
  • He pulled off a coup. ... He got the Bigburger franchise for our town.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • coup = a brilliant and notable success
  • But the coup the youngest daughter most wanted was to reconcile with her father in a big way.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • coup = notable achievement
  • We judged traders by their coups, the contracts they landed, the agencies they picked up.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • I did manage to make poor men of a few brokers in New York, but my best coup went wrong.
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Malefactor
  • The coup de theatre had not come off.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  War and Peace

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3  —as in:
delivered the coup de grace
Definition deathblow

(literally a sword strike that mercifully kills a wounded animal, or metaphorically as the last in a series of things that defeated an opponent, idea, business or other entity.)
  • Mercifully, she delivered the coup de grace.
coup de grace = deathblow
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Her 3-point shot with 5 seconds left in the game was the coup de grace.
  • coup de grace = deathblow (figuratively)
  • To finish a work? To finish a picture? What nonsense! To finish it means to be through with it, to kill it, to rid it of its soul, to give it its final blow the coup de grace for the painter as well as for the picture.
    Pablo Picasso
  • Its use was to give the coup de grace, the final blow, to the foe who would not surrender.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • coup de grace = deathblow
  • Sure, that's the way it was, I thought, a short, concise verbal coup de grace, straight to the nape of the neck.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • coup de grace = deathblow
  • Unfortunately, I never did see wolves catch pike; but, having heard how they did it from Ootek, I tried it myself with considerable success, imitating the reported actions of the wolves in all respects, except that I used a short spear, instead of my teeth, with which to administer the coup de grace.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • coup de grace = deathblow
  • "Ah," said Sofia with the sigh of one receiving the coup de grace, just as Martyn arrived with the Château d'Yquem.
    Amor Towles  --  A Gentleman in Moscow
  • coup de grace = deathblow
  • To this compact and shapely life story, which flashes out between Aias' first strike and the coup de grace, Homer adds an evocative simile: A poplar growing in bottom lands, in a great meadow, smooth-trunked', high up to its sheath of boughs, will fall before the chariot-builder's ax of shining iron—timber that he marked for warping into chariot tire rims— and, seasoning, it lies beside the river.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • coup de grace = deathblow
  • Her married daughter, Boo Boo, had intimated that it might have to be given a coup de grace with a blunt instrument before it was laid away in a wastebasket.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • coup de grace = deathblow
  • Soon the LEP would have no option but to launch their bio-bomb, and that was when Artemis Fowl would unveil his coup de grace.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl

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