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English definition of “coup”

coup

noun [C] uk   /kuː/ us  

coup noun [C] (SUCCESS)

an unexpectedly successful achievement: It was a tremendous coup for the local paper to get an exclusive interview with Prince Charles. I got him to come to a party, which was something of a coup.Success and achievementsHigher and lower points of achievementFailures

coup noun [C] (TAKE POWER)

C2 (also coup d'état,   /ˌkuː.deɪˈtɑː/   (plural coups d'état)) a sudden illegal, often violent, taking of government power, especially by part of an army: a military coupTaking action against people in power
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