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traffic cop

noun, Informal.
a police officer who directs the flow of traffic, usually at an intersection.
Origin of traffic cop
An Americanism dating back to 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for traffic cop
Historical Examples
  • I look to the traffic cop for attention but, being a handsome man, he thinks I'm trying to flirt.

  • The traffic cop, seeing the crowd, strolls over to see what's wrong.

  • Yet here we was, pikin' downtown without any notice, expectin' to find him as easy as if he was a traffic cop on a fixed post.

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
  • If a traffic cop happens to see him, he might get "pinched" and fined.

    Heart and Soul Victor Mapes (AKA Maveric Post)
  • I didn't waste much time then, but ran out and hailed Sampson, the traffic cop on the corner.

  • About as much delicate reserve, Billy has, as a traffic cop clearin' up a street tangle.

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
  • Well, I could go faster, but Im afraid of the traffic cop, he explained.

    Beginners Luck Emily Hahn
  • He listens about as sympathetic as a traffic cop hearin' why you tried to rush the stop signal.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • The Michigan Avenue traffic cop abandoned his post long enough to pounce upon his prey.

    Lady Luck Hugh Wiley
  • The sight of a traffic cop made him dodge around a corner that threw him off his course.

British Dictionary definitions for traffic cop

traffic cop

(informal) a policeman who supervises road traffic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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