cop-out

noun
\ˈkäp-ˌau̇t \

Definition of cop-out 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act or an instance of copping out

2 : an excuse or means for copping out : pretext

3 : a person who cops out

cop out

verb

Definition of cop out (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

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

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Examples of cop-out in a Sentence

Verb

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

First Known Use of cop-out

Noun

circa 1942, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1952, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cop-out was circa 1942

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cop-out

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cop-out

: an excuse for not doing something

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

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