- to catch; nab.
- to steal; filch.
- to buy (narcotics).
- cop out,
- to avoid one's responsibility, the fulfillment of a promise, etc.; renege; back out (often followed by on or of): He never copped out on a friend in need. You agreed to go, and you can't cop out now.
- cop a plea.
- cop a plea,
- to plead guilty or confess in return for receiving a lighter sentence.
- to plead guilty to a lesser charge as a means of bargaining one's way out of standing trial for a more serious charge; plea-bargain.
Origin of cop1
- a police officer.
- a person who seeks to regulate a specified behavior, activity, practice, etc.: character cops.
Origin of cop2
- a conical mass of thread, yarn, etc., wound on a spindle.
- British Dialect. crest; tip.
Origin of cop3
- copyright; copyrighted.
Examples from the Web for cop
Smith attended both funerals as a cop and as the husband of Police Officer Moira Smith, who died on 9/11.The Muslim Cop Killed by Terrorists
January 9, 2015
Lucas said that he himself nonetheless hopes to become a cop.
Nobody ever says they want to become a cop so they can bust people for urinating in public or drinking alcohol on their stoop.
They selected an “easy mark” who turned out to be an off-duty NYC Housing Authority cop named James Carragher.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside
January 3, 2015
The cop who shot Akai, he should be arrested and reprimanded for what he did.Protesters Demand Justice For Gurley As Gap Grows Between Cops and NYC
December 28, 2014
This cop that found me in a hallway, he says I must have been give a dose of Peter.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
This was as close as a robot could look to a cop in uniform, without being a joke.
And the police would be to blame for it all—sending a tin robot to do a cop's job.
But a robot can't take the place of a cop, it's a complex human job.
The other cop had yanked out O'Neill's wallet, and now tossed it to Gordon.Police Your Planet
Lester del Rey
- another name for policeman
- British an arrest (esp in the phrase a fair cop)
- an instance of plagiarism
- to seize or catch
- to steal
- to buy, steal, or otherwise obtain (illegal drugs)Compare score (def. 26)
- Also: cop it to suffer (a punishment)you'll cop a clout if you do that!
- cop it sweet Australian slang
- to accept a penalty without complaint
- to have good fortune
- a conical roll of thread wound on a spindle
- mainly dialect the top or crest, as of a hill
- British slang (usually used with a negative) worth or valuethat work is not much cop
- Certificate of Proficiency: a pass in a university subject
Word Origin and History for cop
1704, northern British dialect, "to seize, to catch," perhaps ultimately from Middle French caper "seize, to take," from Latin capere "to take" (see capable); or from Dutch kapen "to take," from Old Frisian capia "to buy," which is related to Old English ceapian (see cheap). Related: Copped; copping.