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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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coup de grâce

An action or event that brings a swift end to suffering or a worsening situation. The phrase is French for "blow of mercy." The samurai delivered a merciful coup de grâce to his mortally wounded enemy. The large class action lawsuit was the coup de grâce that caused the failing company to finally go out of business.
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count coup

Among certain Native American peoples, to ceremoniously recount one's exploits in battle.
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coup de grâce

Finishing stroke. The phrase is French for “blow of mercy,” a death blow administered to end a wounded person’s suffering. It probably originated in dueling or other sword fighting and had been adopted into English by about 1700 and was already being used figuratively for the finishing stroke for any kind of enterprise. For example, “He carefully placed the figures of bride and groom on top of the cake, the coup de grâce for an artistic creation.”
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* Time since last coup attempt 6 The longer a country goes without a coup, the less its risk of a leader being overthrown.
Since the attempted coup, Turkish authorities have jailed around 50,000 people pending trial while more than 150,000 have been sacked or suspended from their jobs in the military, public and private sectors.
The government says the measures, taken under emergency rule that was imposed after the coup, are necessary due to the security threats Turkey faces.
The other defendants include generals and fighter jet pilots at the Akinci air base, on the outskirts of the capital Ankara, who are accused of directing the coup and bombing key government buildings, including the parliament.
Unrest in Turkey has been fermenting for a long while, and the coup was not the end of it.
Gasiorowski says he was surprised that the documents do not identify Secretary of State John Foster Dulles as a key coup advocate.
The July 15, 2016 coup attempt in Turkey sent shockwaves throughout the world, including Arab countries.
By: Sarah El-Sheikh CAIRO -- 13 July 2017: One year after the failed coup attempt, Turkey is facing a growing, unprecedented security crackdown in the country, which has led to major changes in the country's economic, social and diplomatic affairs.
ABSTRACT Public reaction to the coup attempt in Turkey on July15, 2016, organized by members of a terrorist organization in the Turkish Army received a wide coverage in the Western media.
On the dark night of the coup attempt, Turkish people stood up in defiance and defended their democracy.