cop-out

noun \ ˈkäp-ˌau̇t \

Definition of cop-out

1 : the act or an instance of copping out
2 : an excuse or means for copping out : pretext
3 : a person who cops out

First Known Use of cop-out

circa 1942

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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cop out

verb

Definition of cop out

1 : to back out (as of an unwanted responsibility)
  • cop out on jury duty
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

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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COP-OUT Defined for English Language Learners

cop-out

Definition of cop-out for English Language Learners

  • : an excuse for not doing something

  • : something that avoids dealing with a problem in an appropriate way



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