cop out was savaged by critics and just barely earned back its $30 million budget.
Blaming Tucson on the vile language in public discourse is a cop out.
The former president urged young people not to “cop out,” before ending on an uplifting call to “create a whole different future.”
Fritz has been over a good bit lately and we have to put out our lights as soon as it gets dark, else we'd cop out for sure.
He knew he was plain pastry for the Sharks, so he would hang around the first Tee waiting to cop out a Pudding.
Brownlee excused himself and followed the cop out, leaving me to explain things to His Grace.
Suddenly the burglar stopped and called to him softly: "Ain't there a cop out there in front somewhere sparking the girl?"
"Seen a cop out of the tail of my eye," she explained, hurriedly.
He simply can't lose, can't fail to cop out the best-looking girl with the biggest bank-roll in town.
Meanin' as you'll walk right in on Bud's tough bunch an' cop out d' Kid on y'r lonesome—eh?
by 1942, noun and verb, "sneak off, escape," American English slang, probably from cop a plea (c.1925) "plead guilty to lesser charges," probably from northern British slang cop "to catch" (a scolding, etc.); cf. cop a feel "grope someone" (1930s); see cop (v.). Sense of "evade an issue or problem" is from 1960s.
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.
[origin uncertain; perhaps ultimately fr Latin capere ''seize,'' by way of French; police officer sense a shortening of copper; second sense ''seize, catch'' attested by 1704]
An evasion; an excuse for inaction: Arguing about standards is a ''cop-out'' (1960s+ Counterculture)