[ kop-out ]
/ ˈkɒpˌaʊt /
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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.
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Origin of cop-out
First recorded in 1940–45; noun use of verb phrase cop out
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How to use cop-out in a sentence
Refusing to do so on the basis of ethnic solidarity is an unprincipled copout.Three Cheers for a Settlement Boycott|Hussein Ibish|March 21, 2012|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for cop-out
/ slang /
(intr, adverb) to fail to assume responsibility or to commit oneself
an instance of avoiding responsibility or commitment
a person who acts in this way
Word Origin for cop out
C20: probably from cop 1
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Other 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]
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