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Is "few couple of ..." a proper usage in English?

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"A few couple of" or really just "few couple of"? Context, examples? –  RegDwigнt Mar 15 '12 at 8:26
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The OED has a citation from 1854 which reads:

The pack . . . comprising . . . a few couple of immense seizers, a cross between bloodhound and greyhound.

That, however, is a rather special use given that hunting dogs are often referred to as pairs.

That apart, the phrase seems to be both informal and rare. The British National Corpus has this one colloquial use from 1991:

So what I, what I'll do, I'm gon na transfer your your erm your there and then that's gonna save just a few couple of bobs alright?

The Corpus of Contemporary American English also has just one record, from 2009:

weve heard so much talk about it, but this was not just a few couple of sparks in his hair.

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