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Verb: cop out  kóp awt
Usage: informal
  1. Choose not to do something due to loss of nerve
    "She copped out when she was supposed to get into the hang glider";
    - opt out, bottle out [Brit, informal]
Noun: cop-out  'kóp,awt
Usage: informal
  1. A failure to face some difficulty squarely

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

Type of: choose, failure, opt, prefer

Encyclopedia: Cop out