cop a... v.
see also under relevant n.
[1980s+] (Aus. prison) to receive a reprimand, a severe criticism.
[1960s] (US black) to get something (for nothing?) from someone.
(US campus) go away!
see cop a broom under broom n.1
[1940s] (Aus.) in fig. use, to die.
[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.).
see cop a joint
[1940s–60s] (orig. US black) to die.
1. to move off at a steady, regular pace.
2. in fig. use, to die.
[1930s–50s] to be severely reprimanded, punished or beaten.
see take a gander (at) under gander n.3
1. [1930s+] (US, also cop a doodle) to perform fellatio [joint n. (1)/doodle n.2 (1)].
2. [1970s] (US prison) to smoke a cigarette [joint n. (5c)].
[1960s] (US gay) to sodomize.
see separate entries.
[1930s] to get drunk.
[1940s] (Aus.) to take a look.
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.
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.
[1960s] (US) to steal.
[2000s] to lose one’s temper.
see under Sunday (punch) n.
[1940s] (US black/Harlem) to take a walk.
[1940s–70s] (US) to leave; usu. as imper. cop a walk, go away.