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noun [countable]     coup pronunciation in American English
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    coup d’état

    an occasion when a group of people takes control of a country, usually by means of military force
    a military/army coup:

    There has been a series of military coups since the country gained independence.

    stage/lead/mount a coup:

    A band of young disillusioned officers staged a coup.

    an attempted/failed/abortive coup:

    He was jailed for his part in the attempted coup.

    coup against:

    the 1996 coup against General Abacha

  2. 2
    an impressive and surprising success

    It’s a great coup to get Bjork to perform here.

    a publicity/propaganda/public relations coup:

    This is a major publicity coup for the company.



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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