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Definition of "cop-out" [cop-out]

  • Slang A failure to fulfill a commitment or responsibility or to face a difficulty squarely. (noun)
  • Slang A person who fails to fulfill a commitment or responsibility. (noun)
  • Slang An excuse for inaction or evasion. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cop-out" in a sentence
  • "Presenting poverty, war, or illiteracy as reasons for this high corruption within Muslim countries would be a cop-out."
  • "Asleep: A cop-out term used to explain why a heavily favored team fell behind early and lost e.g."
  • "And this whole boo-hoo the national media is trying to take me down BS and there is a "Full court press to get me" is ridiculous and a cop-out!!!!"