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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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A member of the Pawnee tribe of Native Americans, Echohawk served on the European battlefields of World War II, counted coup as his grandfather had done during the Indian wars of the previous century, and drew combat sketches as well as portraits of Allied and enemy soldiers, some of which appeared in the "Detroit Free Press" in 1944.
After having counted coup, the warrior was allowed to wear those feathers.
I don't know how many prairie dogs this rifle has counted coup on, but it's proven deadly at ranges sometimes exceeding 400 yards.
Shot or no shot, we've come closer to our quarry than most men ever will, we've counted coup, we've won, in our way.