Mudcat Café message #916259 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #58033   Message #916259
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
22-Mar-03 - 08:01 PM
Thread Name: 'Innocent Hare' What does 'relope' mean?
Subject: Lyr Add - extra verse for Master McGrath
You'd need someone who knows about hare coursing.

What I've always taken it to mean is the kind of rapid changing of direction that hares make, as they try dodge the dogs and escape, which I gather most of them do.

As mentioned in a verse of Master McGrath that isn't in the DT, where the term "turn" is used:

Then the hare she went on just as swift as the win.
He was sometoimes before her and sometimes behind.
Rose gave the first turn according to law -
Butb tne second was given by Master McGrath.

But I may of course be wrong. Apart from The Innocent Hare and Master McGrath, I know nothing about coursing.