Definitions

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  • v. To avoid or shirk, either by failing to perform, or by performing in a grossly insufficient, negligent, or superficial manner.

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  • v. choose not to do something, as out of fear of failing

Etymologies

Probably from cop a plea (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The doorway cast a strip of light all the way over to Claire De Haven making with rabbity eyes, a rich white girl with a snout for lowlife afraid that more embarrassment might ruin her date with an undercover cop out to get her indicted for treason.

    The Big Nowhere

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  • 4 An officer of the constabulary not permitted to enter.

    June 18, 2008

  • 1 A failure to fulfill a commitment or responsibility or to face a difficulty squarely.
    2 A person who fails to fulfill a commitment or responsibility.
    3 An excuse for inaction or evasion.

    June 17, 2008