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.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘‘It was nice for him that it was in front of the Kop,’ enthused Liverpool's assistant manager Phil Thompson later.’
- ‘I ran to the Kop and the atmosphere was even greater, the noise was fantastic.’
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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