- 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.
- cop a plea.
Idioms about cop
- to plead guilty or confess in return for receiving a lighter sentence.
- to plead guilty to a lesser charge as a means of bargaining one's way out of standing trial for a more serious charge; plea-bargain.
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How to use cop in a sentence
A lone man, an outsider — in this case a retired Chicago cop — is drawn into an obsessive quest to find a young person who has disappeared in a small Irish mountain town.
I think they should wear their names in tall letters so that we can not have to use facial recognition on cops to try to figure out who they are.Citizens are turning face recognition on unidentified police|Tate Ryan-Mosley|November 18, 2020|MIT Technology Review
I think they need more help, they need more assistance…there are unethical cops.‘Defund the Police’ Doesn’t Mean Dystopia in America|Truthbetold|November 10, 2020|TruthBeTold.news
This has resulted in me being the "bad cop" while my husband gets to be the "good cop."Carolyn Hax: The parent who has to be the ‘bad cop’ is feeling blue|Carolyn Hax|November 8, 2020|Washington Post
The ad cops a tactic from Michael Steele's 2006 race for Senate in Maryland, predicting that Republicans will accuse Warnock of “hating puppies,” then showing him cuddling a dog.The Trailer: Partisan realities clash, again, this time on the vote count|David Weigel|November 5, 2020|Washington Post
The judges noted that he told one of the officers he had “copped some lumber.”
Beck copped to resetting the computer system, and was fired.The Intern Who Birthed The KAL007 Conspiracy Theories|Tim Mak|September 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A string of former city vendors, subcontractors and administration insiders, who had all copped pleas, testified to the bribes.From Katrina to the Clink: Ex New Orleans Mayor Heads to Prison|Jason Berry|February 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Big banks have copped to heinous crimes that have cost citizens billions of dollars.
JPMorgan asset advisors have copped to giving misleading, pocket-lining advice.SEC Report Calls Most Regular Investors Financially Illiterate|Alex Klein|August 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
I'm willing to grant that it might not have been they who copped Massey, but I can't think of anything else.The Onslaught from Rigel|Fletcher Pratt
I got my despatch soon afterwards and returned with it to the General, who was spending the night at Copped Hall.The Invasion|William Le Queux
Waited for me and copped me on the topper as I came around the corner.Dave Dawson at Truk|Robert Sydney Bowen
He copped me dough and sent me down here and told me to work off my mad on you.The Snow-Burner|Henry Oyen
He was leading a rush of his section in fine style, when he ‘copped a packet.’Cupid in Africa|P. C. Wren
British Dictionary definitions for cop (1 of 4)
- to accept a penalty without complaint
- to have good fortune