1. To take unlawfully or without permission; steal. See Synonyms at steal.
a. To get hold of; gain or win: a show that copped four awards; copped a ticket to the game.
b. To take or catch: copped a quick look at the gentleman in a caramel cashmere sport coat on the right(Gail Sheehy).
To avoid fulfilling a commitment or responsibility; renege: copped out on my friends; copped out by ducking the issue.
cop a plea
To plead guilty to a lesser charge so as to avoid standing trial for a more serious charge.
[Probably variant of cap, to catch, from Old French caper, from Latin capere; see capture.]
1. A cone-shaped or cylindrical roll of yarn or thread wound on a spindle.
2. Chiefly British A summit or crest, as of a hill.
[Middle English, summit, from Old English.]
cop /kp/ n.slang a police officer: After he hit me, I called the cops to come get him. v.slangcopped, copping, cops1 [T] to steal s.t. 2 phrasal v. [I] to cop out: to agree to do s.t., then not do it: He promised to help us with the work, but didnt show up, so he copped out on us.See: cop-out. v.to cop a plea: (in law) to plead guilty to a lesser charge to be free of a more severe one: He copped a plea, so the judge let him off with a small fine.