cop out

verb

Definition of cop out

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to back out (as of an unwanted responsibility) cop out on jury duty

  3. 2 :  to avoid or neglect problems, responsibilities, or commitments accused the mayor of copping out on the issue

Examples of cop out in a Sentence

  1. don't cop out on your promise to pay for the damage

First Known Use of cop out

1952



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