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cop a plea

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcop a pleacop a plea spoken informalAmerican EnglishSCADMIT to agree to say you are guilty of a crime in order to receive a less severe punishment Dunn copped a plea to avoid going to jail. cop
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cop a pleaThought I was copping a plea on ... diminished responsibility.Duckett copped a plea to avoid going to jail.
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