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cop-out

also cop·out (kŏp′out′)
n. Slang
1. A failure to fulfill a commitment or responsibility or to face a difficulty squarely.
2. A person who fails to fulfill a commitment or responsibility.
3. An excuse for inaction or evasion.

cop′-out`



n.
1. an act or instance of copping out.
2. a person who cops out.
[1940–45]
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cop-out

noun (Slang) pretence, dodge, pretext, fraud, alibi She said she was too upset to talk, but that was just a cop-out.
Translations

cop-out

[ˈkɒpaʊt] Nevasión f de responsabilidad

cop-out

n (inf: = going back on sth) → Rückzieher m (inf); (= deliberate evasion)Ausweichmanöver nt; this solution/translation is just a cop-outdiese Lösung/Übersetzung weicht dem Problem nur aus
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But those who testified on the topic essentially described the opt-outs as cop-outs.
The best thing that can be done about the bad situation it creates is to bear it as best as you can and not make it any worse through panicky, damage-control efforts, such as making lame justifications and excuses and cop-outs for the faux pas, like the Malacanang rah-rah boys are doing.
I've heard some cop-outs, but that pathetic prophecy puts them on a planetary trajectory with Uranus.
Over the years, Barefoot College has trained "drop-outs, cop-outs and wash-outs" (many of them illiterate) to become solar engineers, artisans, dentists and doctors in their own villages.
Their best hope for securing what they call "radical reconciliation" and dodging the cop-outs of politicians who pretend to do the right thing and Christians who accept half-baked measures is scripture-based.
COP-OUTS LIKE YOU RATIONALIZE NEGLECTING OR SHORTCUTTING PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE, BUT IN THE END YOU ONLY CHEAT YOURSELVES.
Words like 'variable', 'human factor', 'indeterminate inputs' are great cop-outs.
It's time to apply the same rules from top to bottom: No bailouts, no handouts, and no cop-outs.
PM, Birchgrove LINDA SAYS: Working full-time, and, therefore, being unable to partake in any "domestic stuff" sounds like the mother of cop-outs to me.
I'm a socialist but feel blaming disgustingly rich footballers for all of society's ills has become the easiest of cop-outs.
BBC2's Horizon programme alone brought us half a dozen cop-outs including the "survival of the fattest" notion that claims it is all down to evolution because in times of famine in prehistory only the lardy would have lived through the shortages.