- 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.
Idioms about 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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How to use cop in a sentence
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.
The NOPD fired Knight in 1973 for stealing lumber from a construction site as an off-duty cop.
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
Once he had been a young cop, determined to work his way up in the police force.
In his efforts to clear himself, the young cop had taken half a dozen lead slugs from underworld guns into his body.
It was the Hermit's vast store of scientific knowledge that brought the half-dead cop back to health.
The sight of a traffic cop made him dodge around a corner that threw him off his course.
He struck just one wild haymaker of a blow that cleared the head of the cop by nearly a foot.
British Dictionary definitions for cop (1 of 4)
- to accept a penalty without complaint
- to have good fortune