Definition of cop out in English:

cop out

Avoid doing something that one ought to do: he would not cop out of the difficult tax decisions
More example sentences
  • 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
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