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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

copped out; copping out; cops out

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

First Known Use of cop-out


circa 1942, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cop-out

informal + disapproving
: an excuse for not doing something
: something that avoids dealing with a problem in an appropriate way

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