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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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Gidanjaja had on August 8 announced his defection to PDP and was received into the party at Government House in Gusau.
According to the source, the gunmen numbering five shot sporadically into the air to scare people in the area when they arrived his residence, adding that the whereabouts of the PDP chairman were still unknown.
(If the President suggests a nominee who is not a party member, I will suggest that he chose someone from PDP because the President belongs to PDP.)
'It is very important to gather parties with same political views,' said Borenovic after session of the PDP Main Board, where they unanimously accepted agreements on integrated political activities with Serb Radical Party and Free Srpska.
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Asked if the Congress would support the PDP to form a new government, Azad said: "The question does not arise."
He strongly refuted the news being circulated by a section of Indian media about his meeting with some PDP leaders and termed it as desperate attempt by the PDP to gain some sort of credibility among the Kashmiri masses and create doubts in hearts and minds of Kashmiri people.
"This is all manipulation, a small part of the former political management of PDP party that was close to Kiro Gligorov when the anti-Albanian Constitution was adopted and watched the police and innocent Albanian struggle in Bit Pazar, Gostivar, Mala Recica ...
PDP has tested more than 95 different commodities: fresh/frozen/canned fruit and vegetables, fruit juices, dairy products, grains, corn syrup, nuts, peanut butter, honey, poultry, beef, pork, catfish, bottled water, private and school well water, and municipal drinking water.
"Establishing lasting peace and to consolidate the reconciliation process is on the top of the agenda of PDP ", Sayeed said while addressing gathering of prominent citizens of Jammu at a function that was organized in connection with the joining of eminent advocate A K Sawhney in PDP.
If the PDP is approved, the government-sponsored Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provides monthly payments based on the original bid minus the beneficiary premiums."