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cops and robbers

Syllabification: cops and rob·bers

Entry from US English dictionary

Definition of cops and robbers in English:

plural noun

1A children’s game of hiding and chasing, in which the participants pretend to be police and criminals.
1.1A simplistic polarization of the conflict between criminals and police, seen virtually as a game; a lifestyle centered around this: to him this could be a lark, a bit of cops and robbers

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