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cop 1

n. Informal
1. A police officer.
2. 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).

[Short for copper.]

cop 2

 (kŏp) Slang
tr.v. copped, cop·ping, cops
a. To get hold of; gain or win: a show that copped four awards; copped a ticket to the game.
b. To perceive by one of the senses: "copped a quick look at the gentleman ... on the right" (Gail Sheehy).
2. To take unlawfully or without permission; steal.
Phrasal Verb:
cop out
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 cap, to catch, from Old French caper, from Latin capere; see capture.]

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cop 3

1. A cone-shaped or cylindrical roll of yarn or thread wound on a spindle.
2. Chiefly British A summit or crest, as of a hill.

[Middle English, summit, from Old English.]
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you know how to speak to the cops," he said in a voice of awe.
here was the very shop, and there was the article marked 60 cop.
You should see me brother Molloy Malony's horse, Molasses, that won the cop at the Curragh," the Major's wife was exclaiming, and was continuing the family history, when her husband interrupted her by saying--
You see, Saxon, we can't pull it off there, because there's Tom Scanlon--you know, the red-headed cop only a couple of blocks away an' pipin' us off though not recognizin' us.
We have Cops with Cameras, Cops in the Sky, Cops with Dogs, Cops with this and Cops with that.
The law couldn't explicitly require that the trash money pay for cops because, technically, service fees must pay only for the service provided.
The report found other alarming information, including that cops from Shelby County in Tennessee ran 62 names in the database over the course of three years.
But procedures that make sense to cops on the beat may seem ridiculous to many citizens.
Dan Looney addressed the topic of CoPs in a letter to supervisors last January, by saying, ".
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According to the report, only 59,765 officers funded by COPS will actually be on patrol by next year.
Jennifer appears to have left Mike all the types of evidence she knows a cop will need, the whole catalogue meant to defeat.