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The term Copper was the original, unshortened word, originally used in Britain to mean "someone who captures". (In British English the term Cop is recorded (Shorter Oxford Dictionary) in the sense of 'To Capture' from 1704, derived from the Latin 'Capere' via the Old French 'Caper'). The common myth is that it's a term referring to the police officer's buttons which are made of copper.
These bloddy coppers are everywhere in this town !
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A slang term used for police officers.
see also pig,50
the term "coppers" can be traced back tot he early 19th century in new york city when the first police force consisting of an 8 men unarmed patrol unit wore on their shirt an 8 point copper badge to distinguish themselves as officers of the law. as a result the general public started calling them coppers
goddamn yo, yesterday i got pulled over by the copper for driving without my headlights turned on
by Juan Gil August 04, 2005
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Term used by gangsters in the 20's and 30's for a police officer.
Meh, ya aint gonna get me copper, see.
by Sarcha the Prophet March 23, 2005
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(Mainly Brit.)

A term used for spare or loose change.
Oi Bob, you got any coppers, I need to buy a pack of crisps.
by Miljan Glenny October 15, 2008
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term used for police officers in the 20's and 30's because of the copper buttons they used to have on their uniforms
Stop talkin like what copper.
by Mikey Bo August 09, 2005
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Another name for Police Officers. The name "copper" comes from the copper badges that police used to wear back in the day.
I saw three coppers chillin on I-5.
by LIL NAYA December 02, 2009
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