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Noun: cop-out  'kóp,awt
  1. A failure to face some difficulty squarely
Verb: cop out  kóp awt
  1. Choose not to do something, as out of fear of failing
    "She copped out when she was supposed to get into the hang glider";
    - opt out

Derived forms: copped out, cops out, copping out, cop-outs

Type of: choose, failure, opt, prefer

Encyclopedia: Cop-out

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