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Cop-out has come to mean an evasion, an escape from facing up to something, but like many slang words it has an untidy history. It first appeared some 500 years ago in the Scots phrase "play cop out" where cop was equivalent to cup, meaning "playing empty the cup" or, frankly, boozing.
May 10, 2016
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1 : the act or an instance of copping out. 2 : an excuse or means for copping out : pretext. 3 : a person who cops out. cop out.
Cop-out is a slang term for the act or an instance of backing out of a situation or commitment or avoiding responsibility for something.
To avoid fulfilling a responsibility. To renege on an agreement. The term comes from the word "cop," to steal. It is in general usage, and has been long before ...
(slang) Avoidance or inadequate performance of a task or duty; the action of copping out. ... (slang) An excuse made in order to avoid performing a task or duty; ...
Cop-out meaning ˇ The definition of a cop out is a poor excuse for not doing something. ˇ A failure to fulfill a commitment or responsibility or to face a ...
6 days ago ˇ a way or an excuse to avoid responsibility or to avoid doing something: A plea of temporary insanity is a cop-out and should not be allowed, he ...
1. verb To avoid something, often sneakily or due to cowardice. Don't cop out of this by not coming to the disciplinary meeting—you need ...
Cop out definition: If you say that someone is copping out , you mean they are avoiding doing something they... | Meaning, pronunciation, translations and ...
Sep 4, 2004 ˇ A The Webster definition you mention refers to a much older form of the verb to cop out, which has had a variety of senses in American slang.