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cop-out (plural cop-outs)

  1. (idiomatic) Avoidance or inadequate performance of a task or duty; the action of copping out.
    His disappearance on the day of the audition was just a cop-out.
  2. (idiomatic) An excuse made in order to avoid performing a task or duty; a reason offered when someone cops out.
    It was a cop-out to say he couldn't sign the petition because he sprained his wrist.
  3. (idiomatic) A person who cops out.
    He's always a cop-out when there's hard work to be done.


  • cop-out” in Unabridged,, LLC, 1995–present.
  • cop-out” in Microsoft's Encarta World English Dictionary, North American Edition (2007)
  • cop-out” in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
  • "cop-out" in the Wordsmyth Dictionary-Thesaurus (Wordsmyth, 2002)
  • "cop-out" in Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary (Cambridge University Press, 2007)