coup accomplishment, action, deed, exploit, feat, manoeuvre, masterstroke, stratagem, stroke, stroke of genius, stunt, tour de force
coup, overthrow, palace revolution, putsch, rebellion, seizure of power, takeover
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coup ( coups plural )
1 n-count When there is a coup, a group of people seize power in a country.
...a military coup..., They were sentenced to death for their part in April's coup attempt.
2 n-count A coup is an achievement which is thought to be especially good because it was very difficult. The sale is a big coup for the auction house...
coup de grace
A coup de grace is an action or event which finally destroys something, for example an institution, which has been gradually growing weaker.
Irving Kristol delivered the coup de grace in a letter dated June 12: they had decided to reject the proposal.
coup d'état ( coups d'état plural ) When there is a coup d'état, a group of people seize power in a country. n-count
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