(A). A policeman. Said to be so called from the copper
badge which Fernando Wood, of New York, appointed them to wear; but
more likely a variant of “cop” (q.v.).
“There were cries of `Coppers, Coppers!' in the yard, and then a
violent struggle. ... Whoever it was that was wanted had been evidently
secured and dragged off to gaol.'” —T. Terrell: Lady Delmar, 1.
Copper was by the ancient alchemists called Venus; gold, symbol of
Apollo (the sun); silver, of Diana (the moon); iron, of Mars;
quicksilver, of Mercury; tin, of Jupiter; and lead, of Saturn.
Give us a copper, i.e. a piece of copper money. I have no
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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