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Probably from cop a plea.
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- (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.
- To plead guilty and ask for mercy.