One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘On the commons and in the fields outside the town, wandering folk of all descriptions - gypsies, ‘hawkers, tinkers, fortune-tellers, horse-copers, and ragamuffins - took up their abode.’
- ‘The working lives of late 19 th- and early 20 th-century shoemakers, horse-copers, lace-makers and milliners are resurrected for us.’
- ‘According to legend in one of the granges there was a unique well with fine drinking water where the Armenian horse-copers would often stop for watering and to refresh themselves.’
- ‘She indicated that a trade rival, who was a horse-coper and widely known by his nickname of " Was,’ had done the deed, and he was ultimately convicted and punished.’
- ‘They were a queer folk, silent and self-contained, and keeping very much to themselves - odd-tempered at times - decent on the whole, for they never produced a drunkard - wonderful horse-breakers and horse-copers and dog - trainers and poachers - relics of an earlier England.’
Mid 16th century: from Middle English cope ‘buy’, from Dutch, Low German kōpen; related to German kaufen, also to cheap.
A person who deals effectively with difficult situations.‘Emma was always going to be fine. She was one of life's copers’
- ‘"Usually he's incredibly positive, a coper."’
- ‘Once upon a time, nannies were the carers and the copers for middle-class families whose parents had opted out.’
- ‘They're the copers, they support each other and they make things work.’
- ‘After he lost his sight, "he was very much a coper," Dr Shapiro said.’
- ‘Those oldest old are optimistic, committed to something interesting, are actively mobile, and good copers with life.’
- ‘She said many of the inmates were 'poor copers' who were either behind bars for the first time, of limited intelligence or physically weak.’
- ‘I seem to be a very good coper.’
- ‘Tebby and he had met in a mental hospital previously and had stayed together ever since, despite being a poor coper which is understandable.’
- ‘I was, but I am a coper.’
- ‘Michelle's a coper.’
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