velvet coup
 n.— «A senior official with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Brig. Gen. Yadollah Javani, was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying opposition leaders, including Mir Hussein Moussavi, who came second in the June 12 ballot, should also be placed on trial for trying to engineer a so-called “velvet coup” in Iran.» —“Probe urged into Iran jail ‘rape'” Iran Quest Aug. 10, 2009. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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