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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Hors-cowper, n. Also: horse couper, -cooper, -kooper. [Cowper n. 2, mod. Eng. horse-coper (a 1734).] A horse-dealer. — 1614 Crim. Trials iii. 352.
William Stewart … , quha callit himself ane hors-cowper
1660-7 Naphtali (1693) 591.
Who will commerce with such horse-koopers?
1681 Colvill Whig's Suppl. 25.
Some turnd horse-coopers, some pedlers
1687 Douglas Corr. 282.
I think the horse couper trade verie good
1700 Ayr & W. Coll. IV. 199.
Mathew Wallace, horsecouper

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