SE in slang uses
a fraudulent, ‘self-promoted’ officer.
|Twice Round the Clock 166: Where these ruffiani, these copper captains and cozening buz-gloaks, are to be found [...] must remain a secret.|
|Daily News 26 Aug. in (1909) 92/1: The company contains many copper captains, brazen adventurers, and women whose character is advertised in their countenances.|
|Things I Have Seen II 60: Hoary-headed old roués, copper captains, ruined speculators, chronically distressed poets, [etc.].|
a red-headed person.
|Life and Work among Navvies 49: A man with red hair would be termed a ‘Copper-knob’.|
|Leicester Chron. 12 July 10/4: ‘Look here, old copper nut,’ he said to the old pauper.|
|Nottingham Eve. Post 20 Feb. 6/2: Copper Nob! Ginger Hair A beautiful Gift from the Gods.|
|Rover 18 Feb. 18: The copper-knob is many times a fool, but he has the heart of a lion.|
|Lore and Lang. of Schoolchildren (1977) 191: ‘Ginger, you’re barmy, getcher ’air cut’ has been a greeting to copper-nobs ever since it was a catch phrase in the Harry Champion song.|
|Solid Mandala (1976) 32: Arthur’s the fair one, the copper-knob.|
|Guardian G2 22 Mar. 16: The octegenarian maths master [...] used to call me copper-nob.|
(US) absolute, certain, definite.
|Bill Nye’s Remarks 362: He called me a copperplate ass [HDAS].|
|Sel. Letters (1981) 137: He has been hooked and married by the most absolute copper plated bitch in the world.letter 6 Dec. in Baker|
(Aus.) a copper mine.
|Songs of a Sentimental Bloke Copper show – A copper mine.|
(Aus.) an unimportant person, a person of little social standing; thus a democrat rather than an aristocrat; thus copper-tailed adj.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 18 Jul. 18/2: There was war to the knife at Dubbo last week between the local ‘copper tops’ and the fastidious ‘silver tails,’ and Carcoar has the same story to tell.|
|Black Police 116: Members of those upper circles who belong to the genus termed in Australia parlance ‘silver-tailed,’ in distinction to the ‘copper-tailed’ democratic classes.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 28 Sept. 15/1: [S]ocial gatherings in the bush [...] are most drearily proper. ‘Silvertails’ congregate at one end of the room, ‘Coppertails’ at the other, and the line of demarcation is rarely crossed.|
|I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 232/1: coppertail (prole) – one of the hoi polloi.|
1. a red-headed person; thus copper-topped adj.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 17 July 6/3: At a recent football match a larrikin was heard to observe of one of our best players who boasts of auburn hair, ‘Copper Top is down again; he’s a duffer.’ ‘Is he, sneered a comrade, ‘that’s all you know; why ginger’s the champion kicker of the crowd’.|
|N.Y. Tribune 23 June 30: ‘Just two industries in this blankety country,’ growled Coppertop, ’grand larceny and petty larceny!’.|
|Dakota County Herald (NE) 4 Apr. 3/1: It would be worth while for me to broach to this copper-topped stranger the scheme that had kept me awake nights.|
|Songs of a Sentimental Bloke gloss. [Internet] Copper-top – Red head.|
|Moods of Ginger Mick 26: ’E chews it over solid fer a bit, / Workin’ ’is copper-top a double shift.‘War’ in|
|Marvel 3 Mar. 6: Apologise to whom, you copper-topped brat? What are you ranting about?|
|Come in Spinner (1960) 5: Gosh, look at that coppertop!|
|More Aus. Nicknames 40: Coppertop Another redhead.|
2. see coppertail