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- 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
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for 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.
Carver argued back in a poem: “starving is more of a cop-out.”