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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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But the boys beat the cops to her an' got her away.
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So the good practice may be against the ninja cops, I will now raise the amount of P5 million per ninja cop," Duterte said.
Albayalde was bashed online by the cops when he made the rounds in police stations at night and chanced upon police officers sleeping or drinking while on duty.
The Anti Kidnapping Group was also mum over the report, although a day after the two female cops were kidnapped, they were with the families of the officers when the two captives called to relay the ransom demand.
In fact, to viewers used to such shenanigans in our cop shows, Traffic Cops (and its spinoff, Motorway Cops) can seem downright boring.
In the event of non-appropriation, all leases will terminate, and the district would, at the trustee's option, have to surrender all lease-purchased facilities under the master lease for the benefit of owners of the COPs which financed or refinanced such projects.