One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Become aware of something.‘she never copped on—you've no idea of the guilt I went through’
- ‘The bad news for him is that others have copped on to his game.’
- ‘‘I didn't think he was serious at first, but then I copped on I said I'd let him sweat it out for a minute,’ the thrilled bride-to-be joked afterwards.’
- ‘It also copped on to the fact that real global power is measured by how far you can project that power.’
- ‘‘There has been a rise in applications because parents are copping on that without them pushing for the help their children need, nobody will look out for them,’ she said.’
- ‘Eventually the Romans copped on to the unifying power of currency and circulated their coins widely throughout the empire.’
- 1.1as imperative Used as a way of telling someone not to be so stupid.‘ah, cop on, I was only messin'’
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