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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.
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cop out

slang
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…
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