cop·ing | \ˈkō-piŋ \

Definition of coping 

: the covering course of a wall usually with a sloping top

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Compared to kids who lunged for the early reward, those who held out for a bigger prize did better in school, got higher SAT scores, had higher self-esteem and better emotional coping skills, and were less likely to abuse drugs. Melissa Healy,, "The surprising thing the 'marshmallow test' reveals about kids in an instant-gratification world," 26 June 2018 But a picture emerges of a woman who used substances as a coping mechanism and simply didn’t want to stop. Katie Walsh, Detroit Free Press, "Review: Whitney Houston doc is raw and revealing," 5 July 2018 And the eagerness for these details makes sense, if only as a coping mechanism. Luke Darby, GQ, "Trump Doesn't Go to Work Until 11 A.M. Every Day," 8 Jan. 2018 Playing the tune is one of many coping mechanisms Taggart uses to deal with the loss. Safid Deen,, "FSU coach Willie Taggart braces for first Father's Day without his dad," 17 June 2018 In response to the suicide of chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain, among other losses, Green organized Monday’s session to address topics pertinent to the industry: bar culture, alcohol and substance abuse, and healthy coping mechanisms. Grace Wong,, "Following Anthony Bourdain's suicide, mental health in restaurant industry in focus," 12 June 2018 Humor can be an effective coping mechanism, Dr. Galynker says. Korin Miller, SELF, "9 Things People With Depression Wish You Knew About Living With the Condition," 11 June 2018 Each story picks up on a female character 15 years after her last appearance and shows her coping with changes at work and at home. Bethanne Patrick, Time, "Two Novelists Revisit Beloved Characters After a 15-Year Hiatus," 31 May 2018 The tile and pool coping (the material installed just above the tile to finish the top edge of the pool) was cleaned. Houston Chronicle, "City pool opens for summer; extensive renovations complete," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of coping

1601, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of coping

architecture : the top layer of a brick or stone wall that is usually higher on one end than the other to allow rain to be carried off easily

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to reject or criticize sharply

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