- the winding of yarn into a cap from a cone, bobbin, etc.
Origin of copping
- to catch; nab.
- to steal; filch.
- to buy (narcotics).
- cop out,
- 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.
- cop a plea,
- 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.
Origin of cop1
Examples from the Web for copping
The first look that Copping sent out was an elegant pencil silhouette for an imaginary woman named Catherine.Deconstructing Dance at Nina Ricci
March 1, 2013
Copping, it was testified, was the writer of this remarkable agreement.
Mr. Copping seems to like their situation the best of all the rooms I showed him.'
Copping answered all unconsciously in the words of Lady Macbeth.
Mr. Copping had much power of self-control, but he did seem to start at this news.
Weve got the jump on the other fellows by copping the first game, said Robson.Baseball Joe on the Giants
- another name for policeman
- British an arrest (esp in the phrase a fair cop)
- an instance of plagiarism
- to seize or catch
- to steal
- to buy, steal, or otherwise obtain (illegal drugs)Compare score (def. 26)
- Also: cop it to suffer (a punishment)you'll cop a clout if you do that!
- cop it sweet Australian slang
- to accept a penalty without complaint
- to have good fortune
- a conical roll of thread wound on a spindle
- mainly dialect the top or crest, as of a hill
- British slang (usually used with a negative) worth or valuethat work is not much cop
- Certificate of Proficiency: a pass in a university subject
Word Origin and History for copping
1704, northern British dialect, "to seize, to catch," perhaps ultimately from Middle French caper "seize, to take," from Latin capere "to take" (see capable); or from Dutch kapen "to take," from Old Frisian capia "to buy," which is related to Old English ceapian (see cheap). Related: Copped; copping.