There are 2 definitions of cop in English:

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informal

noun

  • 1A police officer: a cop in a patrol car gave chase
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    • As of this morning, the area around the Japanese embassy is still heavily policed by regular cops and Armed Police with riot gear.
    • Sam had almost killed the cops for not having patrol cars all around.
    • It reminds me of how on a certain Illinois highway, the cops would park a patrol car in a visible area on the side of the road.
  • 2 (also cop-on) [mass noun] Irish Shrewdness; practical intelligence: he had the cop-on to stay clear of Hugh Thornley
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    • For a professional footballer, any footballer for that matter, to admit that he waited over three years to pay an opponent back for standing over him and sneering, to me, shows a lack of basic cop-on.
    • Basic cop-on tells us that if our teachers are paid less than our second hand car salesmen, we will ultimately be left with stupid kids driving fast cars.
    • The time has come for a large dose of cop-on to be delivered.

verb (cops, copping, copped)

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  • 1Catch or arrest (an offender): he was copped for speeding
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    • If they get caught and copped, if they get nicked and weighed-off, fair enough.
  • 1.1Incur (something unwelcome): England’s captain copped most of the blame
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    • Convict captain Ricky Ponting copped one through the visor of his helmet that laid his cheek open.
    • His leader Don Bash copped a broadside from one respondent who described him as ‘a wimp.’
    • The English media thinks they're team's copping a raw deal from the Australian media this week.
  • 1.2 (cop it) British Get into trouble: will you cop it from your dad if you get back late?
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    • Lately he has been copping it for calling on Europe to reduce it's health standard for food products (can you believe it) in order to make it easier for developing countries to get into the market.
    • Some of the boys thought they were copping it in the press and some had difficulty with that.
    • Ray Graham copped it a lot worse than the rest of us.
  • 1.3 (cop it) British Be killed: he almost copped it in a horrific accident
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    • You drink yourself stupid, doing whatever self - abuse it is you want to do, because you don't really believe you're going to cop it.
    • Does this mean Mary Jane is going to cop it in the first movie?
    • However, the gang is double crossed, one of their number cops it, the gold is stolen by said double-crosser, and generally it all goes belly up for Croker and the gang.
  • 2Receive or attain (something welcome): she copped an award for her role in the film
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    • He copped several A-level awards, including best all round student.
    • New Park's players copped the other awards.
    • He copped the award for the Most Outstanding Academic Performance, while Jeremiah Bishop received the Principal's Spirit Award.
  • 2.1US Obtain (an illegal drug): he copped some hash for me
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    • I really wanted to get high because I was very really stressed out, and something about having the Feds sit outside my apartment kept me from copping any drugs.
    • After copping, they may then not be able to obtain new syringes because local pharmacies and needle exchange services may be closed or far away.
    • Social Security checks, welfare checks, and food stamp pickups (food stamp trading for drugs and other items) change street activities and copping frequency.
  • 3North American Strike (an attitude or pose): I copped an attitude—I acted real tough
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    • They get paid millions to cop an attitude and are allowed to fail to deliver the goods on the field, court, or what have you.
    • Don't like it when someone else cops the attitude you usually reserve for yourself?
    • ‘It's pretty easy,’ April says, copping an easy-going attitude and ruining any hopes of juicy controversy.

Phrases

cop a feel

informal Fondle someone sexually, especially in a surreptitious way or without their permission.
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  • You wouldn't believe how many guys try to cop a feel, or jump on stage and try to molest me.
  • ‘What a get up,’ he added, copping a feel of Lynn's well outlined derrière.
  • Morris copped a feel again this afternoon, shoved his hand right down my uniform.

cop hold of

[usually in imperative] British Take hold of: cop hold of the suitcase, I’m off
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  • ‘Well, aren't you in for a surprise then, here cop hold of this’, and I handed him a mug of ‘coffee’ liberally laced with what the girl had given me.
  • Dad sprung from his chair like greased lightning, copped hold of the impudent young whippersnapper and bent him over his knee for a ceremonial thrashing.
  • Don't get me wrong, there's some pretty stirring stuff - much like we'd have from Mars Volta if they ever copped hold of a bunch of Coldplay records - but what the rich, fluid tones gain in consistency, they lose in relief.

cop a plea

North American Engage in plea bargaining.
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  • When common criminals are allowed to cop a plea, they plead guilty first as part of the bargain.
  • Until today that is, when he copped a plea in U.S. District Court in Concord.
  • You can defend yourself against an indictment or you can cop a plea.

good cop, bad cop

Used to refer to a police interrogation technique in which one officer feigns a sympathetic or protective attitude while another adopts an aggressive approach: questioners often play good cop, bad cop figurative the prime minister and chancellor were involved in a classic good cop, bad cop routine
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  • Viewed from Tehran, the west is playing a classic game of good cop, bad cop.
  • The reaction of England management was interesting, almost on the lines of good cop, bad cop.
  • The translator should not be used in a "good cop, bad cop" role.

it's a fair cop

see fair1.

not much cop

British Not very good: they say he’s not much cop as a coach
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  • But listening to him perform a new song on a recent tour, a more likely reason for his years without a record deal presents itself: that, really, he's just not much cop any more.
  • If, equally, it happens that the football is not much cop, the choice between being penned up like a foot and mouth victim or sitting in reasonable comfort is not hard to make.
  • Honestly it's not the style, I just think that in their genre they're not much cop whereas Kelly and the MGM arrangers were at the top of their game.

Phrasal verbs

cop off

British Have a sexual encounter: loads of girls think that guys just want to cop off with any girl
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  • Then one day I found out she'd been copping off with Pete Simmonds all that time. I can't say I was surprised - I wasn't much of a boyfriend.
  • And you never know, there was always a chance that the girl you'd always fancied copping off with might have suddenly noticed you exist over the holiday period.
  • Like he'd spotted his bird at a party copping off with someone else.

cop on

Irish
Become aware of something: she never copped on—you’ve no idea of the guilt I went through
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  • Eventually the Romans copped on to the unifying power of currency and circulated their coins widely throughout the empire.
  • The bad news for him is that others have copped on to his game.
  • It also copped on to the fact that real global power is measured by how far you can project that power.
[as imperative] Used as a way of telling someone not to be so stupid: ah, cop on, I was only messin'

cop out

Avoid doing something that one ought to do: he would not cop out of the difficult tax decisions
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  • Ultimately, the plot cops out and an easy solution is pasted on to avoid confusion.
  • Rather than face criticism, Fisk cops out by vilifying his critics as ‘haters’ who indulge in right-wing demagoguery.
  • And, without giving anything away, Lucas totally cops out of the one truly disturbing moment the movie could have had.
Synonyms
avoid, shirk, skip, dodge, sidestep, skirt round, bypass, steer clear of, evade, escape, run away from, shrink from, slide out of, back out of, pull out of, turn one's back on
informal duck, duck out of, wriggle out of, get out of
British informal skive, skive off, funk
North American informal cut
Australian/New Zealand informal duck-shove
archaic decline, bilk

cop to

US Accept or admit to: there are a lot of people in the world who don’t cop to their past
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  • She has the tone of a recovering alcoholic copping to past bad behavior.
  • Okay, so what he is basically copping to is a complete abdication of his Congressional responsibilities, a failure to uphold his oath, and a seeming lack of knowledge regarding our Constitution.
  • But she always finds others to castigate for their immorality and selfishness, rarely copping to what she would call a decadent lifestyle if another woman lived it.

Origin

early 18th century (as a verb): perhaps from obsolete cap 'arrest', from Old French caper 'seize', from Latin capere. The noun is from copper2.

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There are 2 definitions of cop in English:

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Pronunciation: /kɒp
 
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noun

  • A conical mass of thread wound on to a spindle.

Origin

late 18th century: possibly from Old English cop 'summit, top'.

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