cop out

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See also: copout and cop-out

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Probably from cop a plea.

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cop out (third-person singular simple present cops out, present participle copping out, simple past and past participle copped out)

  1. (idiomatic) To avoid or shirk, either by failing to perform, or by performing in a grossly insufficient, negligent, or superficial manner.
    Faced with the prospect of cooking for himself, his first thought was to cop out and order a pizza.
    • 2000, Bill Oddie, Gripping Yarns, page 67:
      There was no bird fair at Druridge so I didn't have to feel guilty about copping out of it.
  2. To plead guilty and ask for mercy.

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