Green’s Dictionary of Slang

cop a... v.

In phrases

cop a... (v.)

see also under relevant n.

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

[1980s+] (Aus. prison) to receive a reprimand, a severe criticism.

cop a beg (v.) [beg act n.]

[1960s] (US black) to get something (for nothing?) from someone.

cop a breeze (excl.)

(US campus) go away!

cop a bundle (v.) [lit./fig. uses of bundle n.1 (1b)]

[1940s] (Aus.) in fig. use, to die.

cop a deaf ’un (v.) [i.e. a deaf ear]

[1950s+] 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.).

cop a drear (v.) [SE drear, miserable, depressing]

[1940s–60s] (orig. US black) to die.

cop a drill (v.) [SE drill; the orderly pace of a military drill] [1940s] (US black)

1. to move off at a steady, regular pace.

2. in fig. use, to die.

cop a final (v.) [1940s] (US black/Harlem)

to leave.

cop an ass (v.) [ass n. (2)]

[1960s] (US gay) to sodomize.

cop a plea (v.)

see separate entries.

cop a reeler (v.) [SE reel]

[1930s] to get drunk.

cop a slew (v.)

[1940s] (Aus.) to take a look.

cop a sneak (v.) [sneak n.1 /SE sneak] (US Und.)

1. [late 19C+] to run away or escape surreptitiously.

2. in imper. use of sense 1.

3. [1920s–50s] to absent oneself from work or duty.

4. [1920s–70s] (US prison/Und.) to attack from behind; to ambush.

5. [1930s–40s] to break into and rob, esp. spontaneously.

6. [1930s+] to behave surreptitiously.

cop a squat (v.) [SE squat]

1. [1940s+] (US black) to sit down; also as imper. cop a squat, take a seat, make yourself at home.

2. [1950s] (US gay) of a man, to sit down when urinating.

cop a steal (v.)

[1960s] (US) to steal.

cop (a strop) (v.) [strop n.]

[2000s] to lose one’s temper.

cop a tapper (v.) [SE tap one’s feet]

[1940s] (US black/Harlem) to take a walk.

cop a walk (v.)

[1940s–70s] (US) to leave; usu. as imper. cop a walk, go away.