a person who seeks to regulate a specified behavior, activity, practice, etc.: Once we have the government dictating language usage, then we'll start getting language cops.
Other definitions for cop (2 of 6)
cop out, Slang.
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.
Other definitions for cop (3 of 6)
a conical mass of thread, yarn, etc., wound on a spindle.
British Dialect. the top or tip of something, as the crest of a hill.
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How to use cop in a sentence
If anything the work the two cops and the maintenance guy were doing deserves more respect and probably helped a lot more people.
But no more so than the Sodexo building maintenance man or the two cops who were also killed in the crossfire.
Many of those who have become cops in New York seem to have ceased to address such minor offenses over the past few days.
He made clear that he fully appreciated what the cops had done.
He was getting another lesson in what he had seemed not to appreciate fully about cops.
No cops had seen that the gray sedan which had driven into Burkey's filling station had come out a blue sedan.
And when finally somebody turned on the lights, Jeff Weedham was on the floor, two cops astride him.
For he knew who had triggered those three today, who the Chi torpedo the cops wanted was.
If the cops aren't there already, it'll be a good idea to finish the case right on the spot where it started.
There were a lot of cops up there, a lot of plain clothes men and lads from the homicide bureau.
British Dictionary definitions for cop (1 of 4)
another name for policeman
British an arrest (esp in the phrase a fair cop)
an instance of plagiarism
to seize or catch
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
British Dictionary definitions for cop (2 of 4)
a conical roll of thread wound on a spindle
mainly dialect the top or crest, as of a hill
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British slang (usually used with a negative) worth or value: that work is not much cop
British Dictionary definitions for COP (4 of 4)
Certificate of Proficiency: a pass in a university subject
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