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Date: 1700-1800
Language: French
Origin: 'hit, stroke'

coup

noun
     
coup [countable]
1 a sudden and sometimes violent attempt by citizens or the army to take control of the government [= coup d' état]:
Haiti's first elected president was deposed in a violent military coup.
a coup attempt by junior officers
He evaded capture after the failed coup.
2 an achievement that is extremely impressive because it was very difficult:
Beating Arsenal was a major coup for the club.

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