it's a fair cop

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of it's a fair cop

British, informal
used to admit that one did something wrong and was caught fairly
  • I'm annoyed about the speeding ticket, but it's a fair cop.

Word by Word Definitions

it play
  1. : that one — compare he, its, she, they

  2. used as subject of an impersonal verb that expresses a condition or action without reference to an agent

  3. used with many verbs as a direct object with little or no meaning

  1. : the player in a game who performs the principal action of the game (such as trying to find others in hide-and-seek)

fair play
  1. : marked by impartiality and honesty : free from self-interest, prejudice, or favoritism

  2. : conforming with the established rules : allowed

  3. : consonant with merit or importance : due

  1. : a gathering of buyers and sellers at a particular place and time for trade

  2. : a competitive exhibition usually with accompanying entertainment and amusements

  3. : an exhibition designed to acquaint prospective buyers or the general public with a product

  1. : in a manner that is honest or impartial or that conforms to rules : in a fair manner

  2. : fairly

  1. : clear

  2. : to join so that the external surfaces blend smoothly

  1. : something that is fair or fortunate (see 1fair)

  2. : beauty, fairness

  3. : woman

cop play
  1. : top, crest

  2. : a cylindrical or conical mass of thread, yarn, or roving wound on a quill or tube

  1. : to get hold of : catch, capture

  2. : steal, swipe

  3. : adopt

  1. : police officer


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