Definition of good cop, bad cop in English:

good cop, bad cop

phrase

informal
  • Used to refer to a police interrogation technique in which one officer feigns a sympathetic or protective attitude while another adopts an aggressive approach.

    ‘they'll bring you into the station and play good cop, bad cop with you’
    figurative ‘a Jekyll and Hyde CEO is good cop, bad cop rolled into one expensive suit’
    • ‘The reaction of England management was interesting, almost on the lines of good cop, bad cop.’
    • ‘Viewed from Tehran, the west is playing a classic game of good cop, bad cop.’
    • ‘It seems they play good cop, bad cop out on the training pitch.’
    • ‘But to me, his own piece really hangs together with that of the Post in sort of a twisted "good cop, bad cop" kind of thing.’
    • ‘Mr Mills claimed that two prosecutors, playing " good cop, bad cop ", had put the words into his mouth.’
    • ‘Now, don't play good cop, bad cop with me.’
    • ‘We should play good cop, bad cop with him.’
    • ‘Playing good cop, bad cop, they alternated sweetness and challenge.’
    • ‘Before, the administration seemed to want it to do kind of a good cop, bad cop with Arafat.’
    • ‘The translator should not be used in a "good cop, bad cop" role.’