informalTraducir cop | al alemán | al italiano | al español
verb (cops, copping, copped)[with object]
- used to refer to a police interrogation technique in which one officer feigns a sympathetic or protective attitude while another adopts an aggressive approach:they’ll bring you into the station and play good cop, bad cop with you figurativea Jekyll and Hyde CEO is good cop, bad cop rolled into one expensive suit
- see fair1.
early 18th century (as a verb): perhaps from obsolete cap 'arrest', from Old French caper 'seize', from Latin capere. The noun is from copper2