copped


verb (used with object), copped, cop·ping. Informal.

  1. to catch; nab.
  2. to steal; filch.
  3. to buy (narcotics).

Verb Phrases

  1. cop out,
    1. to avoid one’s responsibility, the fulfillment of a promise, etc.; renege; back out (often followed by on or of): He never copped out on a friend in need. You agreed to go, and you can’t cop out now.
    2. cop a plea.
Idioms
  1. cop a plea,
    1. to plead guilty or confess in return for receiving a lighter sentence.
    2. to plead guilty to a lesser charge as a means of bargaining one’s way out of standing trial for a more serious charge; plea-bargain.

noun

  1. another name for policeman
  2. British an arrest (esp in the phrase a fair cop)
  3. an instance of plagiarism

verb cops, copping or copped (tr)

  1. to seize or catch
  2. to steal
  3. to buy, steal, or otherwise obtain (illegal drugs)Compare score (def. 26)
  4. Also: cop it to suffer (a punishment)you’ll cop a clout if you do that!
  5. cop it sweet Australian slang
    1. to accept a penalty without complaint
    2. to have good fortune

noun

  1. a conical roll of thread wound on a spindle
  2. mainly dialect the top or crest, as of a hill

noun

  1. British slang (usually used with a negative) worth or valuethat work is not much cop

abbreviation for (in New Zealand)

  1. Certificate of Proficiency: a pass in a university subject
v.

1704, northern British dialect, “to seize, to catch,” perhaps ultimately from Middle French caper “seize, to take,” from Latin capere “to take” (see capable); or from Dutch kapen “to take,” from Old Frisian capia “to buy,” which is related to Old English ceapian (see cheap). Related: Copped; copping.

n.

“policeman,” 1859, abbreviation of earlier copper (n.2), 1846, from cop (v.).

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