copout


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.copout - a failure to face some difficulty squarely
failure - an unexpected omission; "he resented my failure to return his call"; "the mechanic's failure to check the brakes"
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I hope if there is a vote to leave the EU, we do not get a weasel copout, and have to vote again like Ireland because they did not understand the question.
While we understand why the show opted for this "safe" conclusion (to avoid confounding and irritating fantasyoriented viewers), it was still something of a letdown and a copout, especially since the show had made such a big todo over the very real possibility of death, the briefness of life, etc.