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cope 1

intr.v. coped, cop·ing, copes
1. To contend or strive, especially on even terms or with success: coping with child-rearing and a full-time job.
2. To contend with difficulties and act to overcome them: "Facing unprecedented problems, the Federal Reserve of the early 1930s couldn't cope" (Robert J. Samuelson).

[Middle English copen, coupen, to strike, from Old French couper, from Vulgar Latin *colpāre, from Late Latin colpus, blow; see coup.]

cop′er n.

cope 2

1. A long ecclesiastical vestment worn over an alb or surplice.
2. A covering resembling a cloak or mantle.
3. A coping.
tr.v. coped, cop·ing, copes
1. To cover or dress in a cope.
2. To provide with coping: cope a wall.

[Middle English cope, from Old English -cāp, from Medieval Latin cāpa, cloak, from Late Latin cappa.]


(Commerce) a horse-dealer
[C17 (a dealer, chapman): from dialect cope to buy, barter, from Low German; related to Dutch koopen to buy]


(ˈkoʊ pər)

n. Brit.
a horse dealer.
References in classic literature ?
I abide here, following the Flower and drinking wine as an Afghan coper should.
A stoneware vase by Hans Coper, the body with subtle impressed panels, glazed with iron manganese to the rim and white slips to the body.
In those days and for perhaps the next 20 years, ceramics by Hans Coper and Lucie Rie, doyen and doyenne respectively of the studio pottery movement, could be picked up for the proverbial song.
Ten display cases circle the space, each dedicated to a key British potter--such masters as Murray, Coper, Rie, Elizabeth Fritsch and Gillian Lowndes--and through them, the curators tell the story of British studio ceramics.
The covariance analyses revealed that the most significant differences concerned role engagement: active copers showed higher role engagement (e.
Since they did not differentiate the subjects into coper and non-coper groups, there are some inconclusive results among nonhomogenous subjects who use different strategies to achieve stability.
Ed Coper prefers the metaphor of a ladder, but does agree that it's all a matter of incentives, "You can absolutely move anyone along the ladder of engagement--if you find the right buttons to push, then you will get them moving.
You have been surrounded by people with problems, but you need space for yourself - you can't always be the coper.
They are also used by potters (Lucie Rie and Hans Coper are well known examples) making nondomestic work.
On show last night were Ku Design by Spendlove, Couture by Neil Paul Coper and Lola Loves Boutique Design Studio.
One of Lucie's assistants at Bayswater was Hans Coper, a German sculptor.