coup

A coup is a pretty major achievement, whether it involves taking over a government by force, or landing a major business contract.

When the word coup is used on the nightly news, it's usually describing a military government takeover. In the business section of the daily newspaper, coup might refer to a big corporation landing an important contract or deal. However you use the word coup, don't say the "p" at the end. It's not pronounced like chicken coop. It sounds more like a dove's coo.

Primary Meanings of coup

1.
n
a sudden and decisive change of government illegally or by force
2.
n
a brilliant and notable success
Full Definitions of coup
1

n a sudden and decisive change of government illegally or by force

Synonyms:
coup d'etat, putsch, takeover
Examples:
October Revolution
the coup d'etat by the Bolsheviks under Lenin in November 1917 that led to a period of civil war which ended in victory for the Bolsheviks in 1922
Types:
countercoup
a sudden and decisive overthrow of a government that gained power by a coup d'etat
Type of:
group action
action taken by a group of people
2

n a brilliant and notable success

Type of:
success
an attainment that is successful

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