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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Cop (To).
 
To catch [a fever, etc.]. To “get copped” is to get caught by the police. (Latin, capere, to take, etc.) A similar change of a into o is in cotched (caught).   1
       
“They thought I was sleepin’, ye know,
       
And they sed as I’d copped it o’ Jim;
       
Well, it come like a bit of a blow,
       
For I watched by the deathbed of him.”
       
Sims: Dagonet Ballads (The Last Letter).
        “’I shall cut this to-morrow, …” said the younger man. ‘You’ll be copped, then,’ replied the other.”—T. Terrell: Lady Delmar.
 


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