cop–out

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noun \ˈkäp-ˌau̇t\

Definition of cop–out

  1. 1 :  the act or an instance of copping out

  2. 2 :  an excuse or means for copping out :  pretext

  3. 3 :  a person who cops out

Circa 1942

First Known Use of cop–out

circa 1942


COP–OUT Defined for English Language Learners

cop–out

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noun \ˈkäp-ˌau̇t\

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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