- an act or instance of copping out; reneging; evasion: The governor's platform was a cop-out.
- a person who cops out: Everyone helped as they had promised, except for one cop-out.
Origin of cop-out
- 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
- 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 copout
see cop out.
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.