In January 2010, he declared: ‘There’s been a coup, have you heard?
Syria has been ruled by a succession of dictators belonging to the minority Alawi Islamic sect since a coup in 1966.
There are the accusations that the new leaders pulled off a coup and “came to power in an illegal way.”
Jamie Malanowski has been an editor at Spy, Time and Playboy, and is the author of the satirical novel The coup.
He complained that he had been deposed by a “coup” in an apparent bid for intervention by Russia.
Later events have made such an explanation seem less persuasive, after the coup d'état at Sian in December, 1936.
Let this man show himself, and the success of his coup was assured.
Urūj had made his first coup, and he did not hesitate to follow it up.
The wily Winston equally determined, on chatting about the "coup."
To-morrow night I will finish this wrestle with my own folly; I will give the coup de grce to my imagination.
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.