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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A coop for wine bottles. The bottles lie in a slanting position in the coop, and may be transported in it from place to place. We find allusions to “six-bottle coopers” not unfrequently, i.e. coops or cases containing six bottles. Compare “hen-coops,” “cooped up,” etc. (Latin, cupa, a cask; our “cup.”)   1
“(Enter waiter with a cooper of wine.)
Waiter: Six bottles of wine for Corporal Toddy.”
O’Keeffe: Rogues All, iii. 4.



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