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count coup

To detail one's successes or achievements in battle, as of Native American tribes. Tonight, we will gather to count coup.
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count coup

Among certain Native American peoples, to ceremoniously recount one's exploits in battle.
See also: count, coup
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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He seized explosives, stole German horses; disarmed an enemy; and touched an adversary (counting coup) without killing him.
American Indian Culture: From Counting Coup to Wampum; 2 volume set
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My interest in Lear's investigation is the crucial role of two specific powerful practices--"counting coup" and dreaming--that open up a space for the Crow to embody courage and instill radical hope instead of simply going through the motions of creaturely existence.
Many images highlight the importance to a warriors reputation of counting coup: "One of the most prestigious acts was counting coup, which entailed making physical contact with an enemy or striking him with an object held in the hand, such as a quirt or bow" (22).
Douglas ledger dated between 1870 and the 1880s and shows a Cheyenne counting coup on a soldier with his bow.
(5.) Anthony McGinnis, Counting Coup and Cutting Horses: Intertribal Warfare on the Northern Plains, 1738-1889, Evergreen, CO: Cordillera Press, 1990.
Some sources describe major inter-tribal battles, creating casualties in the hundreds, while other accounts suggest that the warfare took the form of exchanged insults, the "counting coup," and the withdrawal of both sides when someone got hurt.
The creature, I mean the cute little puppy, raced after me as I passed its driveway and it literally bumped into me like a Native American counting coup.
When counting coup on the enemy, one does not know what his habits were.
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In warfare Plains Indians used a ritual called "Counting Coup." A young warnor would try to strike an opposing warrior with the butt of his spear.
The work, called "Counting Coup" is made up of two horses and riders and will be unveiled this spring.
The ancient war ritual, known as "counting coups", required Joe to command a successful war party, "touch or strike the first enemy fallen", steal his weapon, and enter an enemy's camp and steal his horse.
The stated rationale was that Southern Baptists wanted to fulfill the Great Commission, but the emphasis seemed to be more on baptism numbers and "counting coups." The emphasis seemed to shift away from "making disciples," which is the true aim of Mathew 28:19-20, and missionaries began to neglect Matthew 25 and the obligation of ministering to "the least of these." (8)