Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Coon (A) means a racoon,

 Cool Tankard (A) or Cool Cup.Cooper. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Coon (A) means a racoon,
a small American animal valued for its fur. It is about the size of a fox, and lodges in hollow trees.   1
   A gone coon. A person in a terrible fix; one on the verge of ruin. The coon being hunted for its fur is a “gone coon” when it has no escape from its pursuers. It is said that Colonel Crockett was one day out racoon - shooting in North America, when he levelled his gun at a tree where an “old coon” was concealed. Knowing the colonel’s prowess, it cried out, in the voice of a man, “Hallo, there! air you Colonel Crockett? for if you air, I’ll jist come down, or I know I am a gone ’coon.”   2
   Martin Scott, lieutenant-general of the United States, is said to have had a prior claim to this saying.   3

 Cool Tankard (A) or Cool Cup.Cooper. 


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