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noun [C] uk   us   /kuː/

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.
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coup noun [C] (TAKE POWER)

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