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cop-out

[ kop-out ]
/ ˈkɒpˌaʊt /
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for cop-out

cop out
/ slang /

verb
(intr, adverb) to fail to assume responsibility or to commit oneself
noun cop-out
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

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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