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  • Sae ae auld hirpling deevil of a potter behoved just to step in my way and offer me a pig, as he said, just to put my Scotch ointment in, and I gave him a push, as but natural, and the tottering deevil coupit ower amang his ain pigs, and damaged a score of them.

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • Ye'll be coupit down and loupit on by a lesser man than me

    The Bonny Shepherd Lad

  • Peartree's grandson coupit oot o 'the cart on the day o' the

    Bog-Myrtle and Peat Tales Chiefly of Galloway Gathered from the Years 1889 to 1895

  • Moniplies (also for sense of 'behoved'): 'Ae auld hirplin deevil of a potter behoved just to step in my way, and offer me a pig (earthern pot -- etym. dub.), as he said "just to put my Scotch ointment in;" and I gave him a push, as but natural, and the tottering deevil coupit owre amang his own pigs, and damaged a score of them.'

    The Crown of Wild Olive also Munera Pulveris; Pre-Raphaelitism; Aratra Pentelici; The Ethics of the Dust; Fiction, Fair and Foul; The Elements of Drawing

  • Moniplies (also for sense of "behoved"): "Ae auld hirplin deevil of a potter behoved just to step in my way, and offer me a pig (earthen pot -- etym. dub.), as he said 'just to put my Scotch ointment in'; and I gave him a push, as but natural, and the tottering deevil coupit owre amang his own pigs, and damaged a score of them."

    On the Old Road, Vol. 2 (of 2) A Collection of Miscellaneous Essays and Articles on Art and Literature

  • I trusted to hae gotten a cast wi 'the Royal Charlotte, but she's coupit yonder, it's like, at Kittlebrig.

    The Antiquary

  • Would it be so, were the Gael to allege, that "her nainsell had coupit you by a pig kick on her preach?"

    Tom Cringle's Log

  • Royal Charlotte, but she's coupit yonder, it's like, at Kittlebrig.

    The Antiquary — Volume 02

  • _ Thae are bonny writer words -- amaist like the language o 'huz gardeners and other learned men -- it's a pity they're sae dear; -- thae three words were a' that Andrew got for a lang law-plea and four ankers o 'as gude brandy as was e'er coupit ower craig -- Hech, sirs! but law's a dear thing. "

    Rob Roy — Complete

  • "Aha!" said the king, laughing, -- for he possessed, as a useful attribute of his situation, a tenacious memory, which recollected every one with whom he was brought into casual contact, -- "Ye are the self-same traitor who had weelnigh coupit us endlang on the causey of our ain courtyard? but we stuck by our mare.

    The Fortunes of Nigel

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