Definition of "cop" [cop]

  • Informal A police officer. (noun)
  • Informal One that regulates certain behaviors or actions: "Faced with the world recession of the early 1980s, ... the World Bank ... became a stern economic taskmaster and cop” ( Richard J. Barnet). (noun)
  • To take unlawfully or without permission; steal. See Synonyms at steal. (verb-transitive)
  • To get hold of; gain or win: a show that copped four awards; copped a ticket to the game. (verb-transitive)
  • To take or catch: "copped a quick look at the gentleman in a caramel cashmere sport coat on the right” ( Gail Sheehy). (verb-transitive)

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Use "cop" in a sentence
  • "Being a cop is awesome Matt, I cant describe it any better than that ..."
  • "Stick with it though man, being a cop is a very rewarding career ..."
  • "Beuke blamed what he called cop killers, murderers and rapists for the allegations that dogged Burge for years."