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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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DOUPER, n. Also doupar. The skipper of a curling team. Also in a jocular transf. sense of "a bunch of feathers for sweeping the bread in baking" (Rnf. 1837 Crawfurd MSS. XI. 302), from the skip who sweeps the ice-rink with a broom.Sc. 1890 J. Kerr Art of Curling 413:
The Autocrat of all the Russias is not more absolute in his sway than the doupar or director of a rink of curlers.
Rnf. 1833 in J. Cairnie Curling 95:
The Doupers were, for Dalry, James Gregg and John Craig.

[From Doup, n.1, 3, quasi the one who stands at the end of the rink.]

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