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.

Definitions of coup
  1. noun
    a sudden and decisive change of government illegally or by force
    synonyms: coup d'etat, putsch, takeover
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    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
    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. noun
    a brilliant and notable success
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    type of:
    an attainment that is successful
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