Cop-out meaning

kŏp'out'
The definition of a cop out is a poor excuse for not doing something.

An example of a cop-out is when your boyfriend asks you on a date and you say you have to wash your hair.

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A failure to fulfill a commitment or responsibility or to face a difficulty squarely.
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A person who fails to fulfill a commitment or responsibility.
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An excuse for inaction or evasion.
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The act or an instance of copping out, as by confessing, reneging, quitting, etc.
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Alternative spelling of cop-out.
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(idiomatic) To avoid or shirk, either by failing to perform, or by performing in a grossly insufficient, negligent, or superficial manner.

Faced with the prospect of cooking for himself, his first thought was to cop out and order a pizza.

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Origin of cop-out

Probably from cop a plea