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cop1

[kop] /kɒp/
verb (used with object), copped, copping. Informal.
1.
to catch; nab.
2.
to steal; filch.
3.
to buy (narcotics).
Verb phrases
4.
cop out,
  1. 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.
  2. cop a plea.
Idioms
5.
cop a plea,
  1. to plead guilty or confess in return for receiving a lighter sentence.
  2. 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
dialectal Old French
1695-1705
1695-1705; compare cap (obsolete) to arrest, Scots cap to seize ≪ dialectal Old French caper to take, ultimately < Latin capere

cop2

[kop] /kɒp/
noun, Informal.
1.
a police officer.
2.
a person who seeks to regulate a specified behavior, activity, practice, etc.:
character cops.
Origin
First recorded in 1855-60; clipping of copper2

cop3

[kop] /kɒp/
noun
1.
a conical mass of thread, yarn, etc., wound on a spindle.
2.
British Dialect. crest; tip.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English, Old English cop tip, top (in ME also head), probably cognate with Dutch kop, German Kopf head; see cup

COP

Thermodynamics.

cop.

1.
2.
copyright; copyrighted.

Cop.

2.
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Examples from the Web for cop
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  • 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.

    Arm of the Law Harry Harrison
  • And the police would be to blame for it all—sending a tin robot to do a cop's job.

    Arm of the Law Harry Harrison
  • But a robot can't take the place of a cop, it's a complex human job.

    Arm of the Law Harry Harrison
  • The other cop had yanked out O'Neill's wallet, and now tossed it to Gordon.

    Police Your Planet Lester del Rey
British Dictionary definitions for cop

cop1

/kɒp/
noun
1.
another name for policeman
2.
(Brit) an arrest (esp in the phrase a fair cop)
3.
an instance of plagiarism
verb (transitive) cops, copping, copped
4.
to seize or catch
5.
to steal
6.
to buy, steal, or otherwise obtain (illegal drugs) Compare score (sense 26)
7.
Also cop it. to suffer (a punishment): you'll cop a clout if you do that!
8.
(Austral, slang) cop it sweet
  1. to accept a penalty without complaint
  2. to have good fortune
See also cop off, cop out
Word Origin
C18: (vb) perhaps from obsolete cap to arrest, from Old French caper to seize; sense 1, back formation from copper²

cop2

/kɒp/
noun
1.
a conical roll of thread wound on a spindle
2.
(mainly dialect) the top or crest, as of a hill
Word Origin
Old English cop, copp top, summit, of uncertain origin; perhaps related to Old English coppcup

cop3

/kɒp/
noun
1.
(Brit, slang) (usually used with a negative) worth or value: that work is not much cop
Word Origin
C19: n use of cop1 (in the sense: to catch, hence something caught, something of value)

COP

abbreviation (in New Zealand)
1.
Certificate of Proficiency: a pass in a university subject
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Word Origin and History for cop
v.

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.

n.

"policeman," 1859, abbreviation of earlier copper (n.2), 1846, from cop (v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for cop

cop

noun

  1. A police officer (1850s+)
  2. A theft
  3. An arrest

verb

  1. To arrest (1850s+)
  2. To steal: He copped six PCs from the shop (1900+)
  3. To win; be awarded: to cop second place (1914+)
  4. To comprehend; grasp: I don't quite cop your sense, pal (1940s+)
  5. To buy or get narcotics: The pusher has appeared, and they will make their round-about way to him to ''cop'' (1960s+ Narcotics)

Related Terms

good cop bad cop

[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]

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