Date: 1700-1800
Origin: Perhaps from Dutch kapen 'to steal', from Frisian kapia 'to take away'


2 verb
cop2 past tense and past participle copped, present participle copping [transitive] spoken informal

cop it

British English
a) to be punished or spoken to angrily because you have done something wrong:
You'll cop it when Mum finds out!
b) to be killed
2 British English to receive something, especially something that you do not want:
I copped all the blame for what happened.

cop hold of something

British English used to tell someone to hold something:
Cop hold of the other end, will you?

cop an attitude

American English to behave in a way that is not nice, especially by showing that you think you are better or more intelligent than other people

cop a feel

American English to touch someone in a sexual way when they do not want you to

cop a plea

American EnglishSC 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 a buzz

American English to feel the effects of taking illegal drugs or drinking alcohol

cop off

phrasal verb
to meet someone and start a sexual relationship with them
cop off with
The hero eventually cops off with the princess.

cop out

phrasal verb
to not do something that someone thinks you should do:
As far as I'm concerned, she's copped out and joined the rat race.

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