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Keystone Kop

[kop] /kɒp/
noun
1.
Usually, Keystone Kops. (in early silent movies) a team of comic policemen noted for their slapstick routines.
2.
Also, Keystone Cop. a person noted for bungling inefficiency:
a backfield of Keystone Kops.
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  • St. Cyr at the moment looked like a Keystone Kop after the chase sequence, and knew it.

    The Ego Machine Henry Kuttner

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