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cop out

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English

Etymology

Probably from cop a plea

Verb

Infinitive
to cop out

Third person singular
cops out

Simple past
copped out

Past participle
-

Present participle
copping out

to cop out (third-person singular simple present cops out, present participle copping out, simple past and past participle copped out)
  1. (idiomatic) To avoid or shirk, either by failing to perform, or by performing in a grossly insufficient, negligent, or superficial manner.
    Faced with the prospect of cooking for himself, his first thought was to cop out and order a pizza.

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