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

n. Brit.
a horse dealer.
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I abide here, following the Flower and drinking wine as an Afghan coper should.'
Coper was already an accomplished sculptor and, keen to learn the art of ceramic production, he offered to work as Lucie's studio assistant.
She returned to the creations she originally made in Austria, her trade mark "simplicity", which described the ceramics she made with the help of Coper.
Refugees from Nazism who for a time shared a studio in London, Rie and Coper modernized British pottery with a pared-down style characterized by innovative forms and use of materials.
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.
LPA revealed seven distinct coping profiles: two active groups one passive group one low and two high copers' groups and one moderate group.
This case-control study was carried out on ten non-coper and five coper unilateral ACL-minus knees and 15 normal subjects (Table 1).
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.
To a question, the VC explained that a balanced diet should contain carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, water solubles, potassium, magnise, coper and iron for normal growth of the animal.