Meaning of "Cop out"

an instance of avoiding a commitment or responsibility.

cop

kŏp

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(kŏp)
n. Informal
1. A police officer.
2. One that regulates certain behaviors or actions: "In the face of the global recession of the beginning of the decade 1980,... the World Bank... became a severe and economic task manager " (Richard J. Barnet).

[Short for copper . class="pron" onclick="pron_key ()"> (kŏp) Slang
tr.v. copied , copping , cops
1.
a. To seize; Win or win: a program that copied four awards; He copied a ticket for the game.
b. To perceive by one of the senses: "I took a quick look at the knight... on the right" (Gail Sheehy ).
2. To take illegally or without permission; Steal.
Phrasal Verb:
cop out
To avoid fulfilling a commitment or responsibility; renege: copied to my friends; Solved the problem.
Idioms:
cop a feeling
To caress someone sexually surreptitiously.
make a guilty plea
to plead guilty minor charge in order to avoid a permanent trial for a more serious charge.

[Probably variant of cap ,

cop out

cop out

vb
( intr, adverb ) so as not to take responsibility or commit oneself
n
1. an instance of avoiding responsibility or commitment
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2. a person who acts in this way
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