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Origin of cop-out
Example sentences from the Web for cop-out
Refusing to do so on the basis of ethnic solidarity is an unprincipled copout.
British Dictionary definitions for cop-out
Word Origin for cop out
Idioms and Phrases with cop-out
Back out of a responsibility or commitment; also, take the easy way out. For example, Don't count on him; he's been known to fake illness and cop out, or She'll cop out and let her assistant do all the work. These meanings are derived from the underworld slang use of cop out for backing down or surrendering. [Late 1950s]