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Silver Cooper

(The). A kidnapper. “To play the silver cooper,” to kidnap. A cooper is one who coops up another.

“You rob and you murder and you want me to ... play the silver cooper.” —Sir W. Scott: Guy Mannering, chap. xxxiv.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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