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English definition of “cop out”

cop out

slang
verb [T] uk phrasal verb with cop   /kɒp/ us    /kɑːp/ (-pp-)
to avoid doing something that you should do or that you have promised to do because you are frightened, shy, or you think it is too difficult: She copped out of the parachute jump at the last minute with some feeble excuse.Avoiding actionLaziness and lazy people
(Definition of cop out phrasal verb, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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