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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
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COUPY, COWPY, n. A sheep that has turned over on its back and is unable to rise (Dmf. 1925 W. A. Scott in Trans. Dmf. and Gall. Antiq. Soc. 22, coupy). Known to Lnk.11 (for Rxb.), Kcb.10 1940.Kcb. 1931 J. Sillars in Scots Mag. (Sept.) 421:
Would ye not be better to take a turn round the hill and look for cowpies?

[From Coup, v.1, II. 1. (2).]

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