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.
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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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But again, this is a bit of a copout. At times of limited funds we all need to look at how best those funds are allocated.
The familiar excuses--I didn't know or I don't have time--are a copout.
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.