Definition of cop out in US English:

cop out

phrasal verb

informal
  • Avoid doing something that one ought to do.

    ‘he copped out at the last moment’
    • ‘There's always the possibility that whatever enticing visions the Bush team puts forward, the Americans will just find them too hard to implement, and will end up copping out.’
    • ‘And, without giving anything away, Lucas totally cops out of the one truly disturbing moment the movie could have had.’
    • ‘And yes, I am also copping out of writing an entry to wrap this year up.’
    • ‘Don't cop out by claiming that you're trying to reach all readers.’
    • ‘Despite its weaknesses, it never drags and by the end ties up the plot quite satisfactorily without copping out.’
    • ‘Originally, I was going to cop out of this with a joke answer.’
    • ‘Ultimately, the plot cops out and an easy solution is pasted on to avoid confusion.’
    • ‘So he cops out on charitable donations and still tries to fight in the name of ‘the greater good?’’
    • ‘Somehow these Globe directors and designers seem to have gotten it into their heads that it is copping out to design costumes that are appropriate for the characters!’
    • ‘Rather than face criticism, Fisk cops out by vilifying his critics as ‘haters’ who indulge in right-wing demagoguery.’
    avoid, shirk, skip, dodge, sidestep, skirt round, bypass, steer clear of, evade, escape, run away from, shrink from, slide out of, back out of, pull out of, turn one's back on
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