a remote-controlled, programmable robot under development for use in law enforcement.
a police officer who acts in a mechanical, routine manner: A robocop gave me a speeding ticket on my way to the emergency room!
a person who tries to control
or restrain someone’s bad behavior.
Origin: 1985–90; robo(t)
; from the 1987 science-fiction movie RoboCop
, in which a crime-fighting robot is constructed from the remains of a dead police officer