verb (used with object), copped, copping. Informal.
to catch; nab.
to steal; filch.
to buy (narcotics).
cop a plea,
another name for policeman
(Brit) an arrest (esp in the phrase a fair cop)
an instance of plagiarism
verb (transitive) cops, copping, copped
to seize or catch
to buy, steal, or otherwise obtain (illegal drugs) Compare score (sense 26)
Also cop it. to suffer (a punishment): you’ll cop a clout if you do that!
(Austral, slang) cop it sweet
a conical roll of thread wound on a spindle
(mainly dialect) the top or crest, as of a hill
(Brit, slang) (usually used with a negative) worth or value: that work is not much cop
abbreviation (in New Zealand)
Certificate of Proficiency: a pass in a university subject
1704, northern British dialect, “to seize, to catch,” perhaps ultimately from Middle French caper “seize, to take,” from Latin capere “to take” (see capable); or from Dutch kapen “to take,” from Old Frisian capia “to buy,” which is related to Old English ceapian (see cheap). Related: Copped; copping.
“policeman,” 1859, abbreviation of earlier copper (n.2), 1846, from cop (v.).
Arrested: copped for stealing a baseball card
good cop bad cop
[origin uncertain; perhaps ultimately fr Latin capere ”seize,” by way of French; police officer sense a shortening of copper; second sense ”seize, catch” attested by 1704]
coefficient of performance
[kop-er] /ˈkɒp ər/ noun 1. a malleable, ductile, metallic element having a characteristic reddish-brown color: used in large quantities as an electrical conductor and in the manufacture of alloys, as brass and bronze. Symbol: Cu; atomic weight: 63.54; atomic number: 29; specific gravity: 8.92 at 20°C. 2. a metallic reddish brown. 3. a coin composed […]
noun 1. a cultural period intermediate between the Neolithic and the Bronze ages, marked by the development and use of copper tools. noun a short prehistoric period after the Stone Age and preceding the Bronze Age, when some tools and weapons were made of copper; the transition from the Copper to Bronze Age is difficult […]
[kop-er-uh, kop-ruh] /ˈkɒp ər ə, ˈkɒp rə/ noun 1. .
noun 1. a yellowish-green, water-insoluble, poisonous powder, CuHAsO 3 , used chiefly as a pigment and as an insecticide.