cop-out

[ kop-out ]
/ ˈkɒpˌaʊt /

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.

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Origin of cop-out

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

Definition for copout (2 of 2)

cop1
[ kop ]
/ kɒp /

verb (used with object), copped, cop·ping. Informal.

to catch; nab.
to steal; filch.
to buy (narcotics).

Verb Phrases

cop out,
  1. 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.
  2. cop a plea.

Origin of cop

1
1695–1705; compare cap (obsolete) to arrest, Scots cap to seize ≪ dialectal Old French caper to take, ultimately < Latin capere
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British Dictionary definitions for copout (1 of 4)

cop1
/ (kɒp) slang /

noun

verb cops, copping or copped (tr)

See also cop off, cop out

Word Origin for cop

C18: (vb) perhaps from obsolete cap to arrest, from Old French caper to seize; sense 1, back formation from copper ²

British Dictionary definitions for copout (2 of 4)

cop2
/ (kɒp) /

noun

a conical roll of thread wound on a spindle
mainly dialect the top or crest, as of a hill

Word Origin for cop

Old English cop, copp top, summit, of uncertain origin; perhaps related to Old English copp cup

British Dictionary definitions for copout (3 of 4)

cop3
/ (kɒp) /

noun

British slang (usually used with a negative) worth or valuethat work is not much cop

Word Origin for cop

C19: n use of cop 1 (in the sense: to catch, hence something caught, something of value)

British Dictionary definitions for copout (4 of 4)

COP

abbreviation for (in New Zealand)

Certificate of Proficiency: a pass in a university subject
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