ETYM French, fromL. colaphus a cuff, Greek.
(French) “stroke”; successful action; coup d’état. coup de grâce, finishing blow; fatal blow. coup de main, sudden violent onslaught. coup d’essai, experiment. coup d’état, sudden action whereby government is changed; short revolution, especially bloodless. coup d’oeil, swift survey or glance; what is thus seen. coup de soleil, sunstroke. coup de théâtre, sudden dramatic or sensational action.(Homonym: coo).
A brilliant and notable success. co-up.
ETYM Old Eng. strok, strook, strak, from striken. Related to Strike.
1. A light touch.
2. A light touch with the hands; SYN. stroking.
3. A single complete movement.
4. Any one of the repeated movements of the limbs and body used for locomotion in swimming or rowing.
5. A mark made by a writing implement (as in cursive writing).
ETYM Dutch trek a pull, or drawing, a trick, trekken to draw; akin to lg. trekken, Mid. High Germ. trecken, trechen, Dan. traekke, and OFries. trekka. Related to Track, Trachery, Trig, Trigger.
1. A cunning or deceitful action or device; SYN. fast one.
2. A period of work or duty.
3. An attempt to get one to do something foolish or imprudent.
1. The use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them); SYN. chicanery, guile, wile, shenanigan.
2. Verbal misrepresentation intended to take advantage of one in some way; SYN. hocus-pocus, slickness, hanky panky, jiggery-pokery, skulduggery, skullduggery.