from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A lever on the upper part of a loom, used to lift the harness.
  • n. One who buys and sells; a dealer: as, a horse-couper.


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  • A quick aside: my Fr/Eng dictionary gives these words for "neuter" - chatrer and couper (ouch!)

    chatrer - French Word-A-Day

  • A quick aside: my Fr/Eng dictionary gives these words for "neuter" - chatrer and couper ouch!

    chatrer - French Word-A-Day

  • - Jean-Philippe, on ne peut pas continuer à se couper de tout le monde comme ça …

    une pièce montée

  • Terms & Expressions: être dans le brouillard = to be in the dark (unaware) brouillard "à couper au couteau" (fog "to cut with a knife") = peasouper (or very thick fog)

    brouillard - French Word-A-Day

  • Garber had previously let on that he thought the Ottawa bid was "à couper le souffle" literally - take your breath away, and will be visiting again shortly, so I wouldn't write it off entirely. mean that whole Ottawa thing wasn't a joke?

  • Les autorités pénitentiaires ont fait couper l'eau, et à la différence de ses co détenus, il ne peut sortir pour se laver ailleurs.

    Tunisia: Relentless Campaign Against Imprisoned Blogger and Journalist Slim Boukhdhir

  • My father, rest his saul, was a horse-couper, and used to say he never was cheated in a naig in his life, saving by a west-country whig frae

    The Monastery

  • Un baiser est un tour délicieux conçu par la nature pour couper la parole quand les mots deviennent superflus.

    baiser - French Word-A-Day

  • Une japonaise avec son accent a couper au couteau reconnait meme "B" la ou d'autre me prenne pour un "L mort vivant" ...

    pinku-tk Diary Entry

  • My last run-in with childbirth in France, two years prior—for the birth of Max, in Marseilles—had the doctor arriving just in time to couper le cordon.

    Words in a French Life


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  • This old term for a dealer or seller has lent its name to the English occupational surname Couper.

    May 10, 2011