cop Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “cop” in the English Dictionary

"cop" in British English

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uk   /kɒp/  us   /kɑːp/

cop noun (POLICE)

[C] (UK informal also copper) informal a police officer : Quick, ​run - there's a cop coming!

cop noun (QUALITY)

not much cop UK slang not very good: His last ​book wasn't much cop.

cop noun (CRIME)

[S] UK →  it's a fair cop

copverb [T]

uk   /kɒp/  us   /kɑːp/ (-pp-)

cop verb [T] (CRIME)

UK slang to ​arrest someone for a ​crime: He was copped fordriving without a ​licence last ​week.

cop verb [T] (TAKE)

UK slang to take or ​hold: Cop (​hold of) that, would you - I can't ​carry both myself.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of cop from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cop" in American English

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copnoun [C]

 us   /kɑp/ infml
a ​policeofficer
(Definition of cop from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “cop”
in Korean 경찰…
in Arabic ضابِط شُرطة…
in Malaysian polis…
in French flic…
in Russian полицейский…
in Chinese (Traditional) 警官…
in Italian sbirro…
in Turkish polis…
in Polish gliniarz, glina…
in Spanish poli…
in Vietnamese viết tắt của từ copper (đồng)…
in Portuguese tira, policial…
in Thai ตำรวจ…
in German der Bulle (umgsp. Polizist)…
in Catalan poli…
in Japanese 警官, お巡りさん…
in Chinese (Simplified) 警官…
in Indonesian polisi…
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