An example of a cop-out is when your boyfriend asks you on a date and you say you have to wash your hair.
- A failure to fulfill a commitment or responsibility or to face a difficulty squarely.
- A person who fails to fulfill a commitment or responsibility.
- An excuse for inaction or evasion.
- Alternative spelling of cop-out.
(third-person singular simple present cops out, present participle copping out, simple past and past participle copped out)
Probably from cop a plea