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English definition of “cop-out”

cop-out

noun [C usually singular]     /ˈkɒp.aʊt/ US  /ˈkɑːp-/ slang
a way of avoiding doing something difficult or unpleasant that you should do, or the excuse that you use to do this: She always thought that having a family instead of a career was a cop-out.Avoiding actionLaziness and lazy people
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