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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, copsPhrasal Verb:
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.
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.]
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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(intr, adverb) to fail to assume responsibility or to commit oneself
1. an instance of avoiding responsibility or commitment
2. a person who acts in this way
[C20: probably from cop1]
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|Verb||1.||cop out - choose not to do something, as out of fear of failing; "She copped out when she was supposed to get into the hang glider"|
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verb (Slang) avoid, dodge, abandon, withdraw from, desert, quit, skip, renounce, revoke, renege, skive (Brit. slang), bludge (Austral. & N.Z. informal) He copped out of going at the last minute.
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1. Slang. To take (another's property) without permission:
Idiom: make off with.
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vi (inf) → aussteigen (inf) → (of aus)
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