I killed him; he dropped when I fired, but I cannot count coup upon him.
Do this four times, and count coup on four of the bravest Sioux, and kill them, but don't go again.
A few old men and most of the boys ran out on the plain to meet them, and count coup on the captured ponies.
c.1400, from Old French coup, colp "a blow, strike" (12c.), from Medieval Latin colpus, from Vulgar Latin colapus, from Latin colaphus "a cuff, box on the ear," from Greek kolaphos "a blow, slap." Meaning "a sudden decisive act" is 1852, short for coup d'etat. In Modern French the word is a workhorse, describing everything from a pat on the back to a whipping, and is used as well of thunder, gusts of wind, gunshots, and chess moves.