A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

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Cowp, Coup, v.1 Also: cowpe. [Cf. ME. cowpe (rare) to strike.]

1. tr. and intr. To turn up; to upset, overset, overturn. The poore woman perceaving … that he stoupit down in hir tub … cowprd up his heillis, so that his heid went doun; Knox II. 15.
His mynd was only to dryve tyme till he could find oportunitie to cowpe the court; Bann. Memor. 20.
What soeuer he be that reposes upon his gud seruice, is commonly cowped and wraked; Melvil Mem. 404.
The whirling stream will make our boat to coup; Adamson Muses Thr. 136.
These lands have devoured their judges and couped them; 1653 Brodie Diary 33.

2. To empty out by overturning. [I began] to inspect the earth about it & I thoght it lay all in little heapes as if it had been new coupped out of hurlebarrowes; 1653 Sir J. Hope Journal 155.

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