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    Ron Wolpa is offline Newbie
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    Question in your face copper ... what is the meaning of this expression ?

    She was one of these 'in your face copper' type women

    what is the meaning of this expression ?

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    Last edited by Ron Wolpa; 05-Apr-2011 at 05:00. Reason: correct a mistake

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    Default Re: in your face copper ... what is the meaning of this expression ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Wolpa View Post
    She was one of these 'in your face copper' type women

    what is the meaning of this expression ?

    Thanks
    "In your face" means extremely direct, in a way that is deliberately intended to shock or annoy people.

    It's also used as an insult to someone when you're beating them in some competition or game.
    "OMG I can't believe you just won that game"
    "In your face!"

    Or you can use it as a general insult to show that you don't respect the person and think they generally suck.

    Copper is a slang word for a police officer.

    "in your face copper type" is someone who is against police authority or authority of any kind or, more actively, likes to provoke authority or do acts of "civil disobedience"

    Another expression for that could be "stick it to the man" type.

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    Default Re: in your face copper ... what is the meaning of this expression ?

    So, to further freezeframe's explanation, 'in your face copper' type women are women who are likely to exclaim, "In your face, copper!" or something similar. This exclamation expresses their attidude toward police.

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    Default Re: in your face copper ... what is the meaning of this expression ?

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    So, to further freezeframe's explanation, 'in your face copper' type women are women who are likely to exclaim, "In your face, copper!" or something similar. This exclamation expresses their attidude toward police.
    Correct. But they don't have to actually say it. It could be just an attitude of being all tough and hating authority.

    Some of these types can quite possibly collapse into a fetal position when confronted by an actual police officer.

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    "Copper" is kind of out of date, isn't it?

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    Ron Wolpa is offline Newbie
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    Default Re: in your face copper ... what is the meaning of this expression ?

    Thank you , now it has gotten clear for me.
    I think the Copper jargon is outdated as the text I read was an interview to an old retired FBI agent.

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    Default Re: in your face copper ... what is the meaning of this expression ?

    Police officers do sometimes use the term - there's a well-known policeman's blog called the Copper's Blog. Maybe they prefer it to the ruder alternatives that are commonly used.

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    Ron Wolpa is offline Newbie
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    Default Re: in your face copper ... what is the meaning of this expression ?

    Whenever I can I watch old "noir" style movies mainly due to jargon used in 1940īs and 1950īs.

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    Default Re: in your face copper ... what is the meaning of this expression ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Police officers do sometimes use the term - there's a well-known policeman's blog called the Copper's Blog. Maybe they prefer it to the ruder alternatives that are commonly used.
    I hear this word in the British shows I watch. Never in the American ones.

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    Default Re: in your face copper ... what is the meaning of this expression ?

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    I hear this word in the British shows I watch. Never in the American ones.
    +1.

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