cop out

See also: copout and cop-out

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Probably from cop a plea

VerbEdit

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.

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Last modified on 18 June 2013, at 22:40