One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[no object]Northern Irish, Scottish
1Fall over.‘excuse me if I don't cowp over with the shock of it all’
- ‘One foot on the window sill and one on the ladder, and suddenly you feel your ladder beginning to cowp on the hard snow and ice.’
- ‘The boat lurched to the right, then cowped to the left when efforts were made to correct the steering.’
- ‘The City Hall was not to be demolished and will now have to be intelligently adapted rather than cowped into landfill.’
- ‘She manages to get publicity mileage out of cowping downstairs.’
- ‘His father struck it hard with a piece of wood and it cowped forward.’
- 1.1with object Tip or knock (something) over.‘Jim would cowp the pot upside down’
- ‘His main aim turned out to be getting close enough to grab the side of our boat and cowping it over.’
- ‘I've cowped three or four motors on that daft bend.’
- ‘He nods and shakes his head vigorously, as if someone has just cowped a pail of rancid slops over him.’
- ‘The weight of my shopping bags over the handles cowped the whole thing clean over.’
- ‘She grabs his leg and cowps him with a thump.’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘to strike or come to blows’): probably originally the same word as cope.
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