- 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
Examples from the Web for copped
The judges noted that he told one of the officers he had “copped some lumber.”The Louisiana Racists Who Courted Steve Scalise
January 3, 2015
Beck copped to resetting the computer system, and was fired.The Intern Who Birthed The KAL007 Conspiracy Theories
September 8, 2014
A string of former city vendors, subcontractors and administration insiders, who had all copped pleas, testified to the bribes.From Katrina to the Clink: Ex New Orleans Mayor Heads to Prison
February 13, 2014
Big banks have copped to heinous crimes that have cost citizens billions of dollars.Why Do Banks Get Away With Murder?
February 7, 2013
JPMorgan asset advisors have copped to giving misleading, pocket-lining advice.SEC Report Calls Most Regular Investors Financially Illiterate
August 30, 2012
"Why, he copped the copper's kale," Aggie translated, glibly.Within the Law
The risk is bigger for me than for you, and I'm not going to be copped—no, not for anybody.'Chatterbox, 1906
The copped hat had no brim, and was about a foot and a half in height.The White Rose of Langley
Emily Sarah Holt
We were billeted at an estaminet that had copped it pretty thick.A Lively Bit of the Front
Percy F. Westerman
An then I copped it and crawled back in an out more shell-holes.Grapes of wrath
- 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 copped
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.