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[n] brick that is laid sideways at the top of a wall
[v] come to terms or deal successfully with; "We got by on just a gallon of gas"; "They made do on half a loaf of bread every day"

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\Cope\ (k[=o]p), n. [A doublet of cape. See {Cape}, {Cap}.]
1. A covering for the head. [Obs.] --Johnson.
2. Anything regarded as extended over the head, as the arch or concave of the sky, the roof of a house, the arch over a door. ``The starry cope of heaven.'' --Milton.
3. An ecclesiastical vestment or cloak, semicircular in form, reaching from the shoulders nearly to the feet, and open in front except at the top, where it is united by a band or clasp. It is worn in processions and on some other occasions. --Piers plowman. A hundred and sixty priests all in their copes. --Bp. Burnet.
4. An ancient tribute due to the lord of the soil, out of the lead mines in Derbyshire, England.
5. (Founding) The top part of a flask or mold; the outer part of a loam mold. --Knight. De Colange.
\Cope\, v. i. To form a cope or arch; to bend or arch; to bow. [Obs.] Some bending down and coping toward the earth. --Holland.
\Cope\, v. t. (Falconry) To pare the beak or talons of (a hawk). --J. H. Walsh.
\Cope\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Coped} (k[=o]pt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Coping}.] [OE. copen, coupen, to buy, bargain, prob. from D. koopen to buy, orig., to bargain. See {Cheap}.]
1. To exchange or barter. [Obs.] --Spenser.
2. To encounter; to meet; to have to do with. Horatio, thou art e'en as just a man As e'er my conversation coped withal. --Shak.
3. To enter into or maintain a hostile contest; to struggle; to combat; especially, to strive or contend on equal terms or with success; to match; to equal; -- usually followed by with. Host coped with host, dire was the din of war. --Philips. Their generals have not been able to cope with the troops of Athens. --Addison.
\Cope\, v. t.
1. To bargain for; to buy. [Obs.]
2. To make return for; to requite; to repay. [Obs.] three thousand ducats due unto the Jew, We freely cope your courteous pains withal. --Shak.
3. To match one's self against; to meet; to encounter. I love to cope him in these sullen fits. --Shak. They say he yesterday coped Hector in the battle, and struck him down. --Shak.

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