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[kop-out] /ˈkɒpˌaʊt/
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.
Origin of cop-out
1940-45; noun use of verb phrase cop out Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cop-out
  • Back then, he said, it was widely considered a cop-out for treating behavioral disorders in animals.
  • Second, it's at best a cop-out to say that her viewers will do more research.
  • E-mail interviews are a cop-out, especially in this case.
  • The cop-out for using stream repair in place of good land stewardship has made the overall program much weaker.
  • It's a cop-out to say that the airport and airlines controls that function.
British Dictionary definitions for cop-out

cop out

(intransitive, adverb) to fail to assume responsibility or to commit oneself
an instance of avoiding responsibility or commitment
a person who acts in this way
Word Origin
C20: probably from cop1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for cop-out



An evasion; an excuse for inaction: Arguing about standards is a ''cop-out'' (1960s+ Counterculture)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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