He spoke in a “proper, polite” way he feels a cop should on approaching someone.
Is he a crunchy Cambridge social servant or a law-and-order Beantown cop?
Will Glee, about a hapless band of school-choir misfits, be a quirky hit like Scrubs, or another cop Rock flop?
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.
[origin uncertain; perhaps ultimately fr Latin capere ''seize,'' by way of French; police officer sense a shortening of copper; second sense ''seize, catch'' attested by 1704]