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In this letter, a class of stopband-expanded low-pass filters (LPFs) is proposed via attenuation poles of microstrip coupled-line hairpin unit. By centrally tap-connecting this coupled-line unit and adjusting its coupling strength, three attenuation poles can be excited above the desired low passband. A coupled-line-oriented closed-form model is then constructed to provide a physical insight into the excitation of these poles and to execute an efficient synthesis design of this LPF. Two prototype filters with single and two units are finally designed with the specified cutoff frequency at 2.5 GHz. Measured results of the fabricated filters evidently demonstrate good LPF performance, sharp roll-off skirt, and a wide upper-stopband of 3.2 to 11.8 GHz with the insertion loss higher than 20.0 dB.