Green’s Dictionary of Slang

cop a... v.

In phrases

cop a... (v.)

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cop a bake (v.) [bake v.2 ]

(Aus. prison) to receive a reprimand, a severe criticism.

[Aus]Tupper & Wortley Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] To ‘cop a bake’ or ‘baking’ is to receive a dressing down. Cognate with applying heat.
cop a beg (v.) [beg act n.]

(US black) to get something (for nothing?) from someone.

[US]W. King ‘The Game’ in King Black Short Story Anthol. (1972) 303: By now, two-three other hipsters have also eased in, all planning to cop a beg since it was evident that Logan X was pretty clean and just might be open to said beg.
cop a breeze (excl.)

(US campus) go away!

[US]Reading (PA) Eagle 20 Mar. 7/3: If a student wants to study and his room is invaded by his fraternity or dormitory brothers, he politely tells them to leave by saying [...] ‘cop a sneak’ ‘cop a breeze’ or ‘take a powder’ .
cop a bundle (v.) [lit./fig. uses of bundle n.1 (1b)]

(Aus.) in fig. use, to die.

[Aus](con. 1941) R. Beilby Gunner 12: He had joined the Battalion on its return from Libya, replacing Daniels who had copped a bundle at Derna aerodrome.
cop a deaf ’un (v.) [i.e. a deaf ear]

to pretend to be deaf or at least not to hear the last statement; thus ext. to deliberately ignore any form of wrong-doing (cf. sling a deaf ’un under sling v.).

[UK]F. Norman Bang To Rights 19: I copped a deaf-un and kept on walking.
[UK]F. Norman Guntz n.p.: Cop a deaf-un because otherwise Karl Marx is gonna get you.
[UK]‘Derek Raymond’ He Died with His Eyes Open 97: The govrnor’s kick-backs for copping a deaf ’un were too big.
[UK]D. MacShane Prison Diaries 350: The screws look on with indifference, copping a deaf ’un.
cop a final (v.) (US black/Harlem)

to leave.

[US]Cab Calloway ‘For the Last Time I Cried Over You’ [lyrics] Oh, man, that soft cut out on me. / What you sayin’? / Yes, she copped a final on me.
cop a joint (v.)

1. (US, also cop a doodle) to perform fellatio [joint n. (1)/doodle n.2 (1)].

[US] (ref. to 1868) N. Kimball Amer. Madam (1981) 89: A guest could [...] have his joint copped, or be blown.
[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 49/2: Cop a joint. See Cop a doodle [i.e. to fellate].
[US]Guild Dict. Homosexual Terms 9: cop a joint (v.): To perform fellation as a receptor.
[US]E. Thompson Garden of Sand (1981) 144: What the hell were you doin, Miss Frosty Pants, while I was coppin that old fart’s joint?
[US]T. Southern Blue Movie (1974) 148: How about if I cop your joint [...] you know, give you some head, blow you, suck your cock, that sort of thing.
[US]P. Hamill Dirty Laundry 38: He’s been copping joints in men’s rooms all over town.
[US]L. Paros Erotic Tongue n.p.: The professionals helped forge a common tongue. A man now had his joint copped, had some derby, or had his hat nailed to the ceiling. More frequently, men spoke of being blown or having a blow job (all since early 20th C).
[US]R. Campbell Alice in La-La Land (1999) 79: But can it sit on your lap, Bernie? [...] Has it got good legs? Can it cop your joint on the lunch hour?

2. (US prison) to smoke a cigarette [joint n. (5c)].

[US]C. Shafer ‘Catheads [...] and Cho-Cho Sticks’ in Abernethy Bounty of Texas (1990) 201: cop a joint, v. – to smoke a cigarette.
cop a plea (v.)

see separate entries.

cop a slew (v.)

(Aus.) to take a look.

[Aus](con. 1941) R. Beilby Gunner 13: ‘Cop a slew of that bint.’ ‘God! How horrible!’.
cop a sneak (v.) [sneak n.1 /SE sneak] (US Und.)

1. to run away or escape surreptitiously.

[US]Anaconda Standard (MT) 29 Sept. 10/2: Are you trying to cop a sneak on me?
[US]A.H. Lewis ‘Politics’ in Sandburrs 97: I cops a sneak on d’ door, side-steps d’ outfit.
[UK]D. Lowrie My Life in Prison 33: He copped a sneak one day.
[US]H.C. Witwer Yes Man’s Land 6: Suppose the whole two of us cop a sneak and do a hitch at one of them health farms?
[US]T. Thursday ‘Good Luck is No Good’ in Federal Agent Nov. [Internet] I can cop the sneak alone okay, but it ain’t healthy to travel tandem.
[US]C.S. Montanye ‘Publicity for the Corpse’ in Thrilling Detective Dec. [Internet] Gavitty said you copped a sneak out last night at ten-thirty.
[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 50/1: Cop a sneak. [...] 4. To walk away; to leave.
[US]Ragen & Finston World’s Toughest Prison 795: cop a sneak – To walk away.
[US]R. Campbell In La-La Land We Trust (1999) 15: Don’t try coppin’ a sneak.

2. in imper. use of sense 1.

[US]Reading (PA) Eagle 20 Mar. 7/3: If a student wants to study and his room is invaded by his fraternity or dormitory brothers, he politely tells them to leave by saying [...] ‘cop a sneak’ ‘cop a breeze’ or ‘take a powder’ .

3. to absent oneself from work or duty.

[US](con. 1920s) ‘Harry Grey’ Hoods (1953) 321: Go ahead and cop a sneak. The truck won’t be ready for quite a while.

4. (US prison/Und.) to attack from behind; to ambush.

[US]Hostetter & Beesley It’s a Racket! 222: cop a sneak — To take advantage of someone.
[US]A.J. Pollock Und. Speaks 26/1: Cop a sneak, to assault from behind.
[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 50/1: Cop a sneak. 1. To assault stealthily.
[US]C. Shafer ‘Catheads [...] and Cho-Cho Sticks’ in Abernethy Bounty of Texas (1990) 201: cop a sneak, v. – to hit someone unexpectedly.

5. to break into and rob, esp. spontaneously.

[US]G. Henderson Keys to Crookdom 63: ‘Copping a sneak’ is a term applied to robbing a place on the spur of the moment. Many daring burglars will cop a sneak but the expert professional prefers to plan a job more carefully.
J.E. O’Donnell ‘Overcoat Bennie’ in Mss. from the Federal Writers’ Project [Internet] Well, St. Louis Jimmy heard about ‘Spud’s’ generosity and decided to look into the matter and one night he ‘copped a sneak’ into Sadie’s apartment and lassoed the necklace while she slept.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 50/1: Cop a sneak. [...] 3. To steal something when one is at a psychological disadvantage; to steal impulsively, without a plan of action or escape.

6. to behave surreptitiously.

[US]D. Runyon ‘Baseball Hattie’ in Runyon on Broadway (1954) 650: He is commencing to cop a few sneaks on the local corn now and then.
[US](con. 1940s–60s) Décharné Straight from the Fridge Dad.
cop a squat (v.) [SE squat]

1. (US black) to sit down; also as imper. cop a squat, take a seat, make yourself at home.

[US]D. Burley Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 26: Cop a trot! Cop a trot! Then cop a squat, all.
[US]Hughes & Bontemps Book of Negro Folklore 482: cop a squat: To take a seat. Cop a squat and stay awhile.
[US]D. Claerbaut Black Jargon in White America 61: cop a squat v. to take a seat; sit down.
[US]R. Klein Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].
[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 214: He crossed to his desk, gesturing to the wingchair facing it, ‘Cop a squat’.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Apr.

2. (US gay) of a man, to sit down when urinating.

[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 54: cop a squat (’50s) to sit down to urinate.
cop a steal (v.)

(US) to steal.

[US]P. Thomas Down These Mean Streets (1970) 73: ‘Hey,’ Crip asked, ‘ain’t you gonna pay for them bags of Kool-ade?’ ‘Naw, if we cop a steal, we might as well go all the way.’.
cop (a strop) (v.) [strop n.]

to lose one’s temper.

OnLine Dict. of Playground Sl. [Internet] cop, n. (1) to lose the temper. Amusement could be had by taunting an increasingly frustrated student by shouting ‘COP! COP! COP!’ until he ended up ‘doing a loony’ and hitting everybody. (1) f. ‘cop the strop’.
cop a tapper (v.) [SE tap one’s feet]

(US black/Harlem) to take a walk.

[US]D. Burley Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 19: They can’t dig a spade and a fine young gray scribe copping a tapper on the main drag.
cop a walk (v.)

(US) to leave; usu. as imper. cop a walk, go away.

[US](con. 1948) G. Mandel Flee the Angry Strangers 249: Go on, Dinch, cop a walk.
[US]W. Brown Teen-Age Mafia 53: I’m copping a walk for myself. What about you? [Ibid.] 69: he could go over, open the door and cop a walk for himself.
[US]E. Thompson Garden of Sand (1981) 298: Cop a walk, kid!