Date: 1800-1900
Origin: copper 'police officer' (19-21 centuries), from COP2 'to arrest' (19-20 centuries)


1 noun
cop1 S3 [countable]
1 informalSCP a police officer:
the local cop
a narcotics cop
He pulled out his badge and said he was a cop.

not be much cop

British English informal to not be very good:
They say he's not much cop as a coach.

it's a fair cop

British English spoken used humorously when someone has discovered that you have done something wrong and you want to admit it
WORD FOCUS: police WORD FOCUS: police
people in the police force: police officer, policeman, policewoman, detective, cop informal

the building where the police work: police station

what the police do: investigate crimes, find/collect evidence, arrest people who they think are guilty of a crime, question/interrogate people about crimes, hold/detain people in custody, charge people with crimes, release people if they are innocent

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