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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.
(Definition of cop out phrasal verb, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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