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    'Coppers' nark'?

    Hi,
    Could you please tell me what 'coppers' nark' mean exactly, and if it could be used in everyday English as a common expression?

    (I suppose it's got sth to do with 'shopping Sb' and 'telling on Sb perhaps?!)


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    Re: 'Coppers' nark'?

    Did you try Googling the phrase before taking the time to post a question here? That would have been much faster. I Googled it for you - here are the results.
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    Re: 'Coppers' nark'?

    Thanks dear emsr2d2. Actually I did, but the problem is they would mostly give you the fixed definition while at the moment I came across the expression I asked myself if it was commonly used in contexts other than those related to police stuff (such as the time when a friend tells on a person and consequently be addressed as 'coppers' nark' (?!)

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    Re: 'Coppers' nark'?

    No, we wouldn't use it to refer to anybody other than a police informant. That's why the word "copper's" is in the phrase. "Copper" is a very informal/slang term for a police officer. I wouldn't recommend using it with anyone these days. There are worse words used for police officers but in the UK, the police officers I know (although they don't mind referring to each other as coppers) dislike it when people outside the police force use it.
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    Re: 'Coppers' nark'?

    Also, 'copper's nark' is rather dated. In American TV dramas they often use 'CI' (Confidential Informant).

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    Re: 'Coppers' nark'?

    Now I think it's mainly used for police informants. Though in the episode I was watching it was just used to refer to a friend who'd told someone something he shouldn't have.


    Thanks a lot for the reply.

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    Re: 'Coppers' nark'?

    "CI" is police-talk. To the one's being informed on the person is a narc. (Note, the root is from "narcotics.")

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    Re: 'Coppers' nark'?

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    In the US, 'narc' also refers to a drug enforcement officer, particularly an undercover one.
    But like the others said, it could also be an informant, usually involved with illegal substances.

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    Re: 'Coppers' nark'?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    ... To the one's being informed on the person is a narc. (Note, the root is from "narcotics.")
    Not according to this. In fact that entry calls 'nark' "etymologically unrelated" to 'narc', which according to this means 'narcotics agent'

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