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English definition of “coup”

coup

noun [C]
 
 
/kuː/
TAKE CONTROL ( also coup d'état,
 
/ˌkuːdeɪˈtɑː/
 
)
an occasion when a group of people suddenly takes control of a country using force: a military coup Taking action against people in powerThe armed forces generally
ACHIEVEMENT an important achievement, often one that was not expected: The award is a major coup for the university.Success and achievementsHigher and lower points of achievementFailures
(Definition of coup from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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