cop out Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Definition of “cop out” - English Dictionary

Definition of "cop-out" - American English Dictionary

See all translations

cop-outnoun [C]

 us   /ˈkɑpˌɑʊt/ (also cop out) slang
a way or an ​excuse to ​avoidresponsibility or to ​avoid doing something: A ​plea of ​temporaryinsanity is a cop-out and should not be ​allowed, he said.
(Definition of cop-out from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

Definition of "cop out" - British English Dictionary

See all translations

cop out

phrasal verb with cop uk   /kɒp/  us   /kɑːp/ verb [T] (-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 ​parachutejump at the last ​minute with some ​feebleexcuse.

cop-outnoun [C usually singular]

uk   /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 ​familyinstead of a ​career was a cop-out.
(Definition of cop out from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “cop out”
in Chinese (Simplified) 逃避,回避, 借口…
in Chinese (Traditional) 逃避,迴避, 藉口…
What is the pronunciation of cop out?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day


to give someone knowledge or to train someone; to instruct

Word of the Day

Out of Africa
Out of Africa
by Colin McIntosh,
October 01, 2015
A recent discovery off the coast of the island of Taiwan, made by local fishermen, is causing scientists to re-examine their ideas about early humans. The skull of a male human, now nicknamed Penghu Man, was found to differ significantly from the skulls of the Homo Erectus species previously known in the

Read More 

face training noun
face training noun
October 05, 2015
a system of facial exercises designed to tone the facial muscles and improve the skin

Read More