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cop-out

[kop-out]
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noun Informal.
  1. an act or instance of copping out; reneging; evasion: The governor's platform was a cop-out.
  2. a person who cops out: Everyone helped as they had promised, except for one cop-out.
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Origin of cop-out

First recorded in 1940–45; noun use of verb phrase cop out
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