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n. An excuse designed to shirk responsibility.
Don't say you need to aaronize. That's just a cop out.
by The Grammar Nazi December 03, 2001
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n. refers to taking the easy way out of a sticky situation. Placing blame on something else to make things easier for yourself is a a cop out
Saying you're sick just because you want to avoid a big test that you're prepared but scared for is a cop out.
by Chanceit December 18, 2007
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n. an excuse to take the easy way out, an excuse to not finish something in an acceptable way
This phrase was parodied by Monty Python to end some sketches. Instead of a climax or punch line, the police (cops) would turn up and arrest the characters. Therefore, they would literally "cop out" of finishing the sketch. The most notable was at the end of "Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail".
by IndyMac March 23, 2009
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An event or climax that is extremely built up to and hyped, only to turn out to be a completely boring and utterly unimpressive waste of time.
The ending to Michael Crichton's The Andromeda Strain.

"Wait...the completely unstoppable supervirus turned into a non-lethal form. Now it eats rubber instead of killing people! We are saved!"

Reader: "What a fucking cop out."
by Desmond Jones May 07, 2006
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1. When someone consistantly backs out of arrangements, meetings, social events, gigs and life altogether.

2. Always highly unreliable, can never be trusted to be somewhere. People of this nature generally have a small penis as they cannot bare the shame of being out in public where everyone around them have bigger penis'
1. Chris would have met up with his friends today but being a cop out, he stayed in and watched child anime porn then played with his sisters.

2. Vaughan is such a cop out!

by Mattius Von Grim Lindley April 07, 2009
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Failing to provide an expected and well-thought out solution.
The boyfriend failed to deliver the flowers that his girlfriend expected to receive on her birthday.
She was upset, and thought to herself: "Why did he copout on me?"
by dfsmith June 11, 2013
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Refers to any pathetically-threadbare "easy-but-ineffective solution" excuse used to maintain the infamous "blue wall of silence" and avoid having to terminate --- or at least adequately discipline --- a morally-delinquent officer for grossly unacceptable actions.
Disgruntled citizen, speaking to his wife over morning coffee and reading the newspaper: Huh --- says here that the sheriff claims his deputies just need "additional training" in the wake of a spate of police-brutality and racial-profiling complaints... what a cop-out! The problem is that those piglice are dyed-in-the-wool assholes, and he knows it --- "training" isn't gonna help THOSE sadistic bullies; they behave that way due to their basic evil/hurtful nature, not because they are merely not "learned" or "familiar" enough about their assigned duties or how they're supposed to act!
by QuacksO March 22, 2017
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