One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1British A high bank of terracing at certain soccer grounds where spectators formerly stood, notably at Liverpool Football Club.
- ‘I ran to the Kop and the atmosphere was even greater, the noise was fantastic.’
- ‘‘It was nice for him that it was in front of the Kop,’ enthused Liverpool's assistant manager Phil Thompson later.’
- ‘I first met him when I had won a competition to take part in a penalty shoot out competition in front of the old Kop.’
- ‘The avid Bantams fan celebrated in front of the Kop where he had grown up supporting the club.’
- ‘Four days later, he was standing in front of the Kop, one of the most intimidating spots in football, and again showed an assurance beyond his years.’
2South African (especially in place names) a hill or peak.
Kop (sense 2) from Afrikaans, from Dutch, literally ‘head’ (compare with cop). kop (sense 1) comes from the name of Spioen Kop, site of a Boer War battle in which troops from Lancashire led the assault (Liverpool then being part of Lancashire).
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