cop out v.2
1. (US Und., also cop out on) to confess, to inform.
|Hunger & Love 65: If anybody had thought to come along and ask you, you'd have copped out.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|In For Life 129: I guess I’ll have to cop out.|
|On the Yard (2002) 239: Though both Chilly and Caterpillar refused to cop out, they were routinely convicted through Raquel’s testimony.|
|Essential Lenny Bruce 215: Oh, oh, somebody copped out on him.|
|‘Sl. of Watts’ in Current Sl. III:2 18: Cop, v. To admit something.|
|Thief 404: Better cop-out to me before my partner gets back.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 36: The highest mark of a real partner was that the person didn’t [...] cop out, or drop a dime by informing.|
|Little Boy Blue (1995) 165: He copped out that he started it [i.e. a fight].|
|Homeboy 132: He would plead not guilty but be ready to cop out if their case was airtight.|
|(con. 1964–8) Cold Six Thousand 603: She said you’re going back — I know it. He copped out. He said let me go.|
|Hilliker Curse 4: My father copped out to peeping [...] to indict my mother’s indigenous moral sloth.|
2. (US Und.) to use legal plea-bargaining to plead guilty to a lesser charge in return for having one dropped.
|Flynn’s 23 Apr. n.p.: It was a bum beef but I copped out for a deuce because I was hot on a jug heist that called for a double sawbuck [DU].|
|Joint (1972) 13: I copped out on the larceny charges, figuring to get six months at the most.letter 25 Feb. in|
|Felony Tank (1962) 48: They probably thought you were going to cop out to every job pulled in this country in the last fifteen years.|
|Killing Time 177: I think the charge was grand larceny. I copped out for one year anyway.|
|Wiseguy (2001) 26: Cop-out Louie copped me out to an ‘attempted’ petty larceny and I got a six-month suspended sentence.|
|Blood Posse 258: Weatherman [...] started introducing me to the idea of copping out and getting a lenient sentence.|
3. to avoid a problem or a difficult situation, to run away, to give up trying.
|Man with the Golden Arm 266: You’re gonna cop out for this deal tonight.|
|Vice Trap 56: You think you’ll be rich off him? Cop out, man: he look like Santa Claus to you?|
|Pulling a Train’ (2012) [ebook] So you’re gonna cop out on me, huh [...] Like hell you are.‘Sex Gang’ in|
|Proud Highway (1997) 576: He copped out and said I should write the letter.letter 28 June in|
|Serial 45: The least he could do after copping out on Marlene [...] was to get in touch with her again.|
|Observer Mag. 24 Feb. 33: I wouldn’t like to have them say: ‘You copped out’, he confesses.|
|G’DAY 94: Yer not gunna cop out now. Come on — we’re late.|
|Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 333: I thought they were copping out because they were scared to compete.|
4. (US black/jazz) to go to sleep.
|Esquire Nov. 70I: cop out: go to sleep. Evasiveness. Excuse.|
5. (also cop out on) to let down, to betray.
|How to Talk Dirty 57: This is not copping out on the ‘starving masses of India and China’.|
|Vulture (1996) 27: All it [i.e. good manners] really turns out to be iz coppin’ out on yo’ manhood.|
(US) to admit, to confess, to take responsibility for.
|Argot of Confidence Men n.p.: When Camera-Eye McCarthy levels his gagers on you, you might as well cop out.|
|‘Good-Doing Wheeler’ in Life (1976) 74: At his trial he lied a while, / But even he could see the end. / So he copped out to Subdivision Two, / And the judge said five to ten.et al.|
|Felony Tank (1962) 31: You wouldn’t cop to something you didn’t do, would you?|
|Underground Dict. (1972) 57: cop out to [...] Admit something.|
|Animal Factory 161: You know I ain’t copping to anything . . . not even spitting on the sidewalk.|
|Stormy Weather 189: Prosecutors had let him cop to a manslaughter-one.|
|You Got Nothing Coming 64: Prison policy is that any contraband or weapons found in a cell are considered to belong to both occupants. Unless or until one cellie or the other cops to ownership.|