Pronunciation: (kOO), [key]
—pl. coupsPronunciation: (kOOz; Fr. kOO). [key]
1. a highly successful, unexpected stroke, act, or move; a clever action or accomplishment.
2. (among the Plains Indians of North America) a brave or reckless deed performed in battle by a single warrior, as touching or striking an enemy warrior without sustaining injury oneself.
3. See coup d'état.
4. count coup, (among Plains Indians of North America)
a. to perform a coup.
b. to recount or relate the coups one has performed.
Pronunciation: (kōp, kOOp), [key]
—v.t., v.i. Scot.
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