Definition of cop out in English:

cop out

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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