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cop out 1

informal Avoid doing something that one ought to do: he copped out at the last moment
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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.
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There are 2 main definitions of cop out in English:

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cop-out 2 Syllabification: cop-out
Pronunciation: /ˈkäp ˌout/

noun

informal
An instance of avoiding a commitment or responsibility: beingaverage’ is the lazy person’s cop-out
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  • But there's no point in saying that it's nothing to do with me - that just sounds like a complete cop-out.
  • It lacked the raw, grittiness of the novel and the ending was a complete cop-out.
  • The revelation, when it comes, is as provocative a cop-out as you are likely to see, but so bizarre that you don't immediately notice that it isn't making a whole lot of sense.

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