rent-a-cop

noun
\ ˈrent-ə-ˌkäp How to pronounce rent-a-cop (audio) \

Definition of rent-a-cop

US, often disparaging
: a security worker (such as a guard) who is not a police officer

First Known Use of rent-a-cop

1963, in the meaning defined above

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“Rent-a-cop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rent-a-cop. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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