cops out


1 [kop]
verb (used with object), copped, copping. Informal.
to catch; nab.
to steal; filch.
to buy (narcotics).
Verb phrases
cop out,
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.
cop a plea,
to plead guilty or confess in return for receiving a lighter sentence.
to plead guilty to a lesser charge as a means of bargaining one's way out of standing trial for a more serious charge; plea-bargain.

1695–1705; compare cap (obsolete) to arrest, Scots cap to seize ≪ dialectal Old French caper to take, ultimately < Latin capere Unabridged
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cop1 (kɒp)
1.  another name for policeman
2.  (Brit) an arrest (esp in the phrase a fair cop)
3.  an instance of plagiarism
vb , cops, copping, copped
4.  to seize or catch
5.  to steal
6.  Compare score to buy, steal, or otherwise obtain (illegal drugs)
7.  Also: cop it to suffer (a punishment): you'll cop a clout if you do that!
8.  slang (Austral) cop it sweet
 a.  to accept a penalty without complaint
 b.  to have good fortune
[C18: (vb) perhaps from obsolete cap to arrest, from Old French caper to seize; sense 1, back formation from copper²]

cop2 (kɒp)
1.  a conical roll of thread wound on a spindle
2.  dialect chiefly the top or crest, as of a hill
[Old English cop, copp top, summit, of uncertain origin; perhaps related to Old English coppcup]

cop3 (kɒp)
slang (Brit) (usually used with a negative) worth or value: that work is not much cop
[C19: n use of cop1 (in the sense: to catch, hence something caught, something of value)]

abbreviation for
Certificate of Proficiency: a pass in a university subject

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Word Origin & History

1704, northern British dialect, "to seize, to catch," perhaps from M.Fr. caper "seize, to take," from L. capere "to take" (see capable); or from Du. kapen "to take," from O.Fris. capia "to buy."

"policeman," 1859, abbreviation of earlier copper (1846), from cop (v.).
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. coefficient of performance

  2. Colombia—peso

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