noun Informal.

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

First recorded in 1940–45; noun use of verb phrase cop out Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cop-out

Contemporary Examples of cop-out

  • "I wanted to start somewhere and not have the cop-out that you know it when you see it," she says from her Portland, Oregon, home.

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    What Makes Women Happy?

    Marisa Meltzer

    February 21, 2010

  • Carver argued back in a poem: “starving is more of a cop-out.”

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    Carver Was the Rage

    Brad Gooch

    December 4, 2009