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Copper (A)

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A policeman. Said to be so called from the copper badge which Fernando Wood, of New York, appointed them to wear; but more likely a variant of “cop” (q.v.).

“There were cries of ‘Coppers, Coppers!ʹ in the yard, and then a violent struggle… . . Whoever it was that was wanted had been evidently sécured and dragged off to gaol.ʹ—T. Terrell: Lady Delmar, 1.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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