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cop

noun \ ˈkäp \

Definition of cop

1 dialectal, chiefly England :top, crest
2 :a cylindrical or conical mass of thread, yarn, or roving wound on a quill or tube; also :a quill or tube upon which it is wound

Origin and Etymology of cop

Middle English, from Old English copp


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cop

verb

Definition of cop

copped; copping
transitive verb
1 slang :to get hold of :catch, capture; also :purchase
2 slang :steal, swipe
3 :adopt 2
  • cop an attitude
intransitive verb
slang :admit 2b used with to
  • these small-timers would … cop to the smallest offense their attorney could negotiate
  • —Tom Clancy
cop a plea
:to plead guilty to a lesser charge in order to avoid standing trial for a more serious one; broadly :to admit fault and plead for mercy

Examples of cop in a Sentence

  1. I managed to cop an invitation.

  2. He copped the idea from me.

  3. They expected me to cop all the blame!

  4. He copped the full force of the blow.

Origin and Etymology of cop

perhaps from Dutch kapen to steal, from Frisian kāpia to buy; akin to Old High German kouf trade — more at cheap

cop Synonyms

Synonyms
buy [slang], pick up, purchase, take
Antonyms
miss
Related Words
acquire, gain, garner, get, obtain, procure, secure, win; finance, pay (for), spring (for); barter (for), deal (for), dicker (over), exchange (for), haggle (for), negotiate (about), trade (for); bargain (with), chaffer (with), horse-trade (with), palter (with); bid, offer; rebuy, repurchase
Near Antonyms
deal (in), market, merchandise (also merchandize), retail, sell, vend

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cop

noun

Definition of cop

Origin and Etymology of cop

short for 3copper


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cop

abbreviation

Definition of cop

1 copper
2 copulative
3 copy
4 copyright

COP Defined for English Language Learners

cop

verb

Definition of cop for English Language Learners

  • : to get (something desirable)

  • : to steal or take (something) from someone

  • : to receive (something undesirable)


COP Defined for Kids

cop

noun \ ˈkäp \

Definition of cop for Students



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