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Definition of cop verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    cop

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kɒp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɑːp//
     
    (informal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cop
    BrE BrE//kɒp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɑːp//
     
    he / she / it cops
    BrE BrE//kɒps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɑːps//
     
    past simple copped
    BrE BrE//kɒpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɑːpt//
     
    past participle copped
    BrE BrE//kɒpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɑːpt//
     
    -ing form copping
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒpɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːpɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1cop something to receive or suffer something unpleasant He copped all the hassle after the accident.
  2. 2cop something to notice something Cop a load of this! (= Listen to this)
  3. Word Origin early 18th cent. (as a verb): perhaps from obsolete cap ‘arrest’, from Old French caper ‘seize’, from Latin capere. The noun is from copper ‘police officer’.Idioms (British English, informal) to take hold of something
      cop it (British English, slang)
       
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    1. 1to be punished
    2. 2to be killed
    (North American English, informal) to admit in court to being guilty of a small crime in the hope of receiving less severe punishment for a more serious crime compare plea bargaining
    Phrasal Verbscop off (with somebody)cop out (of something)
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cop