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Syllabification: cop
Pronunciation: /käp
 
/
informal

noun

A police officer.
Example sentences
  • 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.

verb (cops, copping, copped)

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1Catch or arrest (an offender): he was copped for speeding
More example sentences
  • If they get caught and copped, if they get nicked and weighed-off, fair enough.
1.1Incur (something unwelcome): the team’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.
1.2US 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.
1.3Steal: he watched her cop a pair of earrings and then nabbed her at the door
More example sentences
  • They finally figure a way to cop his coins and they leave LWM to get arrested for digging a hole in the ground.
1.4Receive 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.
2North 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.

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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  • copper from (Old English):

    The verb cop (early 18th century), meaning ‘to catch’, comes from a northern English dialect word cap meaning ‘to capture or arrest’. This probably goes back to Latin capere, ‘to take or seize’. So a copper was a catcher, which is why it became an informal word for a police officer in the 1840s. Apprehended villains have been saying ‘ it's a fair cop!’ since the 1880s. See also capableCopper, the reddish-brown metal, comes from Latin cyprium aes ‘Cyprus metal’. The island of Cyprus was the Romans' main source of copper.

Phrases

cop a feel

1
Fondle someone sexually, especially in a surreptitious way or without their permission.
Example sentences
  • 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

2
[usually in imperative] British Take hold of: cop hold of the suitcase, I’m off
More example sentences
  • ‘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

3
North American Engage in plea bargaining.
Example sentences
  • 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

4
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 figurative a Jekyll and Hyde CEO is good cop, bad cop rolled into one expensive suit
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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

5
see fair1.

Phrasal verbs

cop out

1
Avoid doing something that one ought to do: he copped out at the last moment
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.

cop to

2
US Accept or admit to: there are a lot of people who don’t cop to their past
More example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with cop

atop, bop, chop, clop, crop, dop, drop, Dunlop, estop, flop, fop, glop, hop, intercrop, knop, kop, lop, mop, op, plop, pop, prop, screw-top, shop, slop, sop, stop, strop, swap, tiptop, top, underprop, whop, wop

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Syllabification: cop
Pronunciation: /käp
 
/

noun

A conical or cylindrical roll of thread wound onto a spindle.

Origin

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

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  • copper from (Old English):

    The verb cop (early 18th century), meaning ‘to catch’, comes from a northern English dialect word cap meaning ‘to capture or arrest’. This probably goes back to Latin capere, ‘to take or seize’. So a copper was a catcher, which is why it became an informal word for a police officer in the 1840s. Apprehended villains have been saying ‘ it's a fair cop!’ since the 1880s. See also capableCopper, the reddish-brown metal, comes from Latin cyprium aes ‘Cyprus metal’. The island of Cyprus was the Romans' main source of copper.

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