verb (used with object), copped, cop·ping. Informal.
- 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.
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Idioms for cop
- 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.
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Smith attended both funerals as a cop and as the husband of Police Officer Moira Smith, who died on 9/11.
Lucas said that he himself nonetheless hopes to become a cop.
Nobody ever says they want to become a cop so they can bust people for urinating in public or drinking alcohol on their stoop.
They selected an “easy mark” who turned out to be an off-duty NYC Housing Authority cop named James Carragher.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside|Justin Rohrlich|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The cop who shot Akai, he should be arrested and reprimanded for what he did.Protesters Demand Justice For Gurley As Gap Grows Between Cops and NYC|M.L. Nestel|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Cope′-stone, Cop′ing-stone, the stone which copes or tops a wall; Cop′ing, the covering course of masonry of a wall.
I thought of all the things a cop might wear on his waistband, of the utility-belt that DHS guy in the truck had worn.Little Brother|Cory Doctorow
"Gimme five tickets," said the cop, throwing a five-dollar bill on the showcase.Options|O. Henry
It did not occur to him that the Huks would hardly have been called a "case" by anybody but a cop.A Matter of Importance|William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Especially with your game leg, Jim retorted, adding with a chuckle: Here comes a cop.Baseball Joe, Captain of the Team|Lester Chadwick
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verb cops, copping or copped (tr)
- to accept a penalty without complaint
- to have good fortune