1 (also coup d'etat) violent change of government
ADJ. abortive, attempted, failed, unsuccessful | successful | bloody | bloodless | army, military | palace, presidential He deposed his father in a palace coup in 1970. | communist | boardroom She lost her position in a boardroom coup (= a sudden change of power among senior managers in a company).
VERB + COUP launch, mount, stage | foil, put down The coup was immediately put down and the plotters were shot. | plan, plot | lead | come to power in, seize power in He seized power in a military coup
COUP + NOUN attempt, plot | leader, plotter
PREP. ~ against an army coup against the president
ADJ. big, brilliant, great, major, real, spectacular Winning that contract was her greatest coup. | diplomatic, financial, intelligence, propaganda, publicity
VERB + COUP pull off He managed to pull off a major diplomatic coup.