from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To catch up with, intercept, or encounter another person by taking a short-cut.
- v. To get over or go across the nearest way to meet.
- v. To cross a field; strike off the nearest way to the top or head of the land; intercept someone by taking a short-cut across a field.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To get over or go across the nearest way to meet.
From Middle English geynecowpen, equivalent to gain- + cope (“to strive, contend, oppose, encounter”). (Wiktionary)