from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of covering or sheathing with copper, as the bottom of a ship.
  • noun The sheathing itself: as, the coppering of a ship's bottom.
  • noun In gambling, the act of wagering that a certain card will lose.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of covering with copper.
  • noun An envelope or covering of copper.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of copper.
  • noun The act of covering with copper.
  • noun An envelope or covering of copper.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Weak police leaders who have never done a decent days coppering in their lives are at the wheel of the policing equivalent of The Titanic-If you think Ian Blair and co were bad just you wait for the next lot to come along

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  • The police service has always been diverse and always will be-what is different now is that there is money in it!!! on January 8, 2009 at 3: 01 pm | Reply Retired Sgt and I forgot to add that far more time and money is spent on diversity than will ever spent on good coppering-just to echo IG on January 8, 2009 at 3: 02 pm | Reply Joseph K. 24/7 Apologies happily accepted.

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  • From my experience they generally strike a balance between coppering and being in charge.

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  • But it is true that coppering is one of very few professions in which someone has the opportunity to use physical force on someone else – and have plenty of jargon and procedural loopholes to defend this action later.

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  • Millions tune in every week to watch and applaud ‘good old fashioned coppering’ as meted out by Gene Hunt but then go into sanctimonious paroxyms should it be suggested that some scrote was mishandled in 2009.

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  • Police work is not like banking, selling groceries, there are very few times in the 24/7 of coppering where the events are so routine that you can have a blue robot that will handle domestic violence, then go and sought out a squashed car from under a elm tree.

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  • Thank God for honest hard working coppering, and thank the Lord that Shannon is safe and well. on March 17, 2008 at 2: 23 pm | Reply Goldstein

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  • So which is it, prayer or good old fashioned coppering?

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  • So which is it, prayer or good old fashioned coppering?

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  • He never killed in my home town - although he might have; he was finally arrested there, and if it hadn't been for a combination of luck and what was later termed `good coppering' Sheffield might have been one more stop on the Ripper Trail - but the Fear extended at least as far south as Sheffield.

    March 18th, 2009


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