Meaning of "Cop out"
an instance of avoiding a commitment or responsibility.
A police officer.
One that regulates certain behaviors or actions:
"Faced with the world recession of the early 1980s, ... the World Bank ... became a stern economic taskmaster and cop"
(Richard J. Barnet).
To get hold of; gain or win:
a show that copped four awards; copped a ticket to the game.
To perceive by one of the senses:
"copped a quick look at the gentleman ... on the right"
To take unlawfully or without permission; steal.
To avoid fulfilling a commitment or responsibility; renege:
copped out on my friends; copped out by ducking the issue.
cop a feel
To fondle someone sexually in a surreptitious way.
cop a plea
To plead guilty to a lesser charge so as to avoid standing trial for a more serious charge.
[Probably variant of
, from Old French
, from Latin
A cone-shaped or cylindrical roll of yarn or thread wound on a spindle.
A summit or crest, as of a hill.
, from Old English.]
) to fail to assume responsibility or to commit oneself
an instance of avoiding responsibility or commitment
a person who acts in this way
[C20: probably from cop
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