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1A red-brown metal, the chemical element of atomic number 29.
- ‘Radiation, lead, and other heavy metals, such as copper and mercury, could hurt the baby.’
- ‘Silver fillings are actually made of a combination of metals including silver, tin, copper and mercury.’
- ‘During the Bronze Age Ireland had a significant metal industry, and exported artefacts in bronze, copper, and gold to Britain and the Continent.’
- ‘Men usually work with metals such as copper, brass, and aluminum to craft decorative plates, wall hangings, and utensils.’
- ‘Laboratories in larger wineries may also be equipped to test for mineral elements such as iron, copper, sodium, and potassium.’
- ‘How much did they allocate to the people whose land contained the copper?’
- ‘Jason Mernick is a California-based artist who works with metals such as copper and stainless steel.’
- ‘Creep is the slow flow of a non-ferric metal like copper, brass and lead under force.’
- ‘Some of the material is pure, but much of it contained a little copper.’
- ‘In modern times, bronze is an alloy of copper and any metal except zinc.’
- ‘As my predicted recovery of the American economy gets speed, the world will buy more of our diamonds, gold, copper and uranium again.’
- ‘These were supplanted by blocks into which metal (usually copper or brass) was inlaid.’
- ‘For example, tobacco plants can absorb heavy metals, mercury, copper, and lead.’
- ‘In addition, fruit juices are rich in essential minerals like iron, copper, potassium, sodium, iodine and magnesium.’
- ‘Over the centuries the techniques of making all forms of metal ware: pewter, copper, brass and bronze, iron and steel, have varied.’
- ‘Unlike aluminum, copper metal is fairly easy to obtain chemically from its ores.’
- ‘Sweating flushes toxic metals, such as copper, lead and mercury, and removes excess salt, a benefit for those with mild hypertension.’
- ‘It is high in vitamin A and the B group vitamins as well as copper, magnesium, potassium and phosphate.’
- ‘Coins are made using various alloys of metals like nickel, copper and zinc.’
- ‘And don't install dissimilar metals such as copper and steel in the same wall.’
2dated A copper coin, especially a penny.‘you could hire a raft for a few coppers’
- ‘She stopped by a fruit stand and got two apples for three copper pieces.’
3A reddish-brown color like that of copper.
- ‘At this stage tie in a length of copper or fine red coloured wire.’
- ‘Ellis says the copper colour is typical of an English style ale.’
- ‘Under the large hood two copper eyes studied what was currently becoming clear to their vision.’
- ‘The popular colours are beige, cream, brown and copper which are ideal for showing off the intricate work.’
- ‘There weren't many people in my school with copper coloured hair.’
- ‘Two rules to remember: Keep lighter shades on top, and choose complementary colors like warm golds and coppers.’
- ‘Striking copper coloured bark on the stems and trunk peels off in large pieces to reveal lighter new bark below making it irresistible to stop and touch.’
- ‘We stopped a few times to photograph some of these views, especially the valley oases overshadowed by the colourful mountains, streaked with amber, brown, copper and deep purple.’
- ‘Leaves are changing color to intense reds and pinks, vivid oranges and yellows, and more subdued browns and coppers as they fall.’
- ‘In other colourful news, I've just had some reddish / copper lowlights put in my hair.’
- ‘All of the trees were gradually becoming painted with the familiar crimsons, coppers, golds, and bronzes.’
- ‘Looking closely, there's a hint of copper colouring in the larger scratch.’
- ‘As to the colour, fine copper slices are placed in diagonal sections through the back and sides.’
- ‘It then rises to show an identical backdrop, now stained with the colors of archaic art: coppers and golds, turquoises and deep blues, flashes of vermilion.’
- ‘Those orange copper eyes were penetrating his mind, telling him to stop where he was and face the creature.’
- ‘You will see copper complexions and the lighter shades of pale.’
- ‘The camera switches across to the other side of my mouth and focuses on a huge filling that gleams two distinct colours, copper and silver.’
- ‘Her hair was curling and glossy and copper coloured.’
- ‘There was quite a pile of copper coloured hair in a ring around the chair when she finished.’
- ‘McKinnon has an explosion of curly, deep copper coloured hair around features that can only be called elfin.’
4[with modifier] A small butterfly of North America and Eurasia. The upper surface of its wings is typically bright reddish-orange or purple.
Cover or coat (something) with copper.
- ‘Everything was made of gold, coppered from age.’
- ‘Drake watched it from atop the watchman's truck, against the pole that held the beat-up and coppered bell.’
Old English copor, coper (related to Dutch koper and German Kupfer), based on late Latin cuprum, from Latin cyprium aes Cyprus metal (so named because Cyprus was the chief source).
A police officer.
- ‘It was just my luck that at that moment a police van with nine or 10 coppers in it drove by.’
- ‘Amazingly, the police had not bothered to place a copper outside the scene of an attempted murder.’
- ‘Unless perhaps you were a copper going undercover.’
- ‘‘So that's what he's calling himself now,’ said the junior copper, a mere Detective Sergeant.’
- ‘He added: ‘He arrived in an ambulance, was taken in by two coppers and left later in a police van.’’
- ‘He knew the house belonged to a copper because there was a uniform hanging up.’
- ‘How do you know the coppers won't know you weren't there?’
- ‘Here are the latest thoughts from Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Bob Hastings, who presides over the coppers manning the checkpoints.’
- ‘He must have been visiting someone there, a copper probably.’
- ‘Search warrants in hand, the coppers nicked some computers, video game manuals, Blockbuster movie rental cards, DVDs, a microphone and a power cord.’
- ‘It sounds too much like a cop-out from the coppers, because the problem is so large that it takes up valuable police resources.’
- ‘And even against the increasing daylight we could make out that they were uniformed coppers, and that each of them was holding a push bike!’
- ‘Since Monday I have been counting the number of coppers, cop cars, dog handling units, malicious arrests and good-humoured stop-and-searches I've spotted in Hackney.’
- ‘It's the police force, the good coppers working for us.’
- ‘Local communities want to see regular patrols - even though it is estimated that only once in every eight years will a copper actually pass a crime in commission.’
- ‘This is a proper copper who has busted cocaine rings in the past.’
- ‘I told him if he tried to contact me I'd get an intervention order and he ranted and raved a bit but with the two coppers - sorry the two police officers - there he didn't dare do anything.’
- ‘North Yorkshire's top copper joined the police in 1975.’
- ‘Another police car pulled up and another couple of coppers ambled out.’
- ‘He's 43, been a copper for 25 years and has a pedigree of detective work, having covered ganglands, drug trafficking and extortion.’
Mid 19th century: from cop + -er.
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