Definition of cop-out in English:



  • An instance of avoiding a commitment or responsibility.

    ‘the government's green paper is a complete cop-out’
    ‘some parents fudge the issue by saying that the grandparent has gone away for a little while, but this kind of cop-out is likely to undermine their credibility’
    • ‘It's becoming increasingly obvious to me that this is a cop-out.’
    • ‘That, says my editor, is an unacceptable cop-out: your readers are entitled to your views, even if they are carefully hedged with all these warnings.’
    • ‘They are cop-outs for those politicians who don't want to meet the full funding needs of Washington's public schools, or make tough decisions about reforming its management and teaching corps.’
    • ‘I think this is a pathetic decision and a real cop-out.’
    • ‘‘It's a cop-out thinking that men and women approach dating differently,’ she says.’
    • ‘I discarded that idea because it seemed too much like a cop-out.’
    • ‘To some this might appear a cop-out or an admission of lack of resources.’
    • ‘And another thing, calling a film pretentious is the biggest cop-out.’
    • ‘I certainly don't think of it as a cop-out to excuse oneself from helping others.’
    • ‘Shop-bought sandwiches on a picnic are a cop-out.’
    • ‘It lacked the raw, grittiness of the novel and the ending was a complete cop-out.’
    • ‘The revelation, when it comes, is as provocative a cop-out as you are likely to see, but so bizarre that you don't immediately notice that it isn't making a whole lot of sense.’
    • ‘Critics argue this is a cop-out - a cosmetic change amounting to little more than a name change for discredited management structures.’
    • ‘Jim White liked it, but thought the ‘optimistic’ ending was a cop-out.’
    • ‘It's a cop-out, of course, to avoid the difficulty of finding a small enough child actor to look two-and-a-bit years old but behave well on stage.’
    • ‘This guide is not just impoverished; it is a cop-out.’
    • ‘Isn't it all just a big cop-out - passivity as a life goal?’
    • ‘This disclaimer isn't a complete cop-out from the brokerage industry.’
    • ‘There are so many possible reasons for refusing your request, in fact, that to many the whole thing may seem like a cop-out.’
    • ‘But there's no point in saying that it's nothing to do with me - that just sounds like a complete cop-out.’
    excuse, pretext, ostensible reason, pretence, front, cover, cover-up, subterfuge, fabrication, evasion, escape
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