a plotted revolt or attempt to overthrow a government, especially one that depends upon suddenness and speed.

1915–20; < German Putsch, orig. Swiss German: literally, violent blow, clash, shock; introduced in sense “coup” in standard German through Swiss popular uprisings of the 1830s, especially the Zurich revolt of Sept. 1839

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putsch (pʊtʃ)
a violent and sudden uprising; political revolt, esp a coup d'état
[C20: from German: from Swiss German: a push, of imitative origin]

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1920, from Ger., "revolt, riot," from Swiss dialect, lit. "a sudden blow, push," of imitative origin.
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Example sentences
But this time, they clubbed together and insisted that the putsch would not stand.
Huge and threatening crowds gathered to stop the imaginary putsch.
Troops involved in the attempted power grab defected, and the putsch failed.
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