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2006-05-02 00:22:37

PHOENIX, Arizona (Reuters) - A female corrections officer was being held hostage by a male inmate late Monday inside a medium-security unit at a state prison in southern Arizona, a prison official said. Negotiations aimed at freeing the officer have been on-going since the unidentified inmate took her hostage at about 4:30 p.m. local time at the Santa Rita Unit, one of 10 units at the Arizona State Prison Complex-Tucson, said Bart Graves, a prison spokesman. The complex is about 10...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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