cop it v.
1. to get into trouble, to receive a severe reprimand.
|‘’Arry on Law and Order’ in Punch 26 Nov. 249/1: Beastly shame, and no error, my pippin! Me cop it! It’s too jolly rum.|
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 29 Nov. 6/3: And he smiled as he thought how they’d ‘cop’ it.|
|Marvel III:62 26: Oh crikey! [...] You won’t half cop it for breakin’ these chinas!|
|Psmith in the City (1993) 111: Jackson isn’t half copping it from old Bick.|
|Seaways 272: ‘This’ll learn ’im’ . . . ‘’E’s copped it this time.’.‘A Flower of the Sea’ in|
|Family from One End Street 40: ‘You’ll cop it!’ said a voice from above.|
|Letters from the Big House 36: He won’t half cop it.|
|Three-Ha’Pence to the Angel 64: Now I’ll cop it.|
|Yarns of Billy Borker 29: Old Truthful copped it from those mosquitoes, I can tell you, on account he was a white man.|
|Pallet on the Floor 111: Looks like he’s copped it awright.|
|Never in My Lifetime in Best Radio Plays (1984) 69: He copped it because he was careless.|
|Lingo 50: cop, denoting a profitable operation of some kind, a term also used in the wider Lingo with a similar meaning in the combination a sweet cop or to cop it sweet though one may also cop it, of course, which means getting into trouble.|
|Urban Grimshaw 281: Thieving Little Simpkins also copped it [...] She got to spend a year with a crowd of murderous lesbians.|
|Broken Shore (2007) [ebook] Sam’s in shit because he’s bad news and now he has to cop it.|
|Scrublands [ebook] ‘I’m going to be the sacrificial lamb [...] No need for you to cop it as well’.|
2. (also cop) to be hit, to suffer in a given way, to die.
|Punch 7 Feb. 98: ‘The Boers’ll cop it now!’ ‘Wot’s up?’.|
|Ballygullion 201: Give me your hand, man [...] hould on, hould on, you’ll cowp it!|
|Human Touch 62: No use this time, sir. I’ve blinking well copped it through the back!|
|Carry on, Jeeves 204: Even if this particular cocktail wasn’t poisoned, he was bound to cop it later on.|
|Gunner Inglorious (1974) 170: I’ve got the wind up over those knives since – since Ed and Jim copped it.|
|On the Beach 65: We may be going to cop it in June, for all that anybody knows.|
|(con. 1944) Rats in New Guinea 150: Jock Milne [...] copped it back near Strip Point.|
|Family Arsenal 176: When he copped it I cried like he was my own brother.|
|Never in My Lifetime in Best Radio Plays (1984) [radio script] A lad copped it from Keighley a couple of weeks ago.|
|My Traitor’s Heart (1991) 260: They have probably shot a rioter or [...] ten, and came to copping it themselves on at least one occasion.|
|Guardian Guide 15–21 May 16: A terminally ill photographer Rea who decides to exact revenge on everyone [...] before he cops it.|
|Indep. Rev. 6 Jan. 5: The triceratops that were being laughed at for insisting that there was a very real danger must have felt pretty smug in the last few seconds before they all copped it.|
|Vatican Bloodbath 49: You could be drawing your pension yourself before she cops.|
|Artefacts of the Dead [ebook] I want to know what they had for breakfast the day Urquhart copped it.|
3. (Aus. prison) to be the passive member of a homosexual couple.
|Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] 5. To be the recipient of homosexual activity. Thus, ‘copping it’ is to be somebody’s catamite.|
to get into trouble, to receive a severe reprimand.
|Dundee Courier (Scot.) 29 Apr. 7/3: It’s all up, I reckon, Polly [...] I shall cop it hot this time.|
|‘The Cockney Tragedian’ [lyrics] The Press, too, ain’t been kind to me, I’ve copped it from ’em ’ot; I’ve ’ad a pile of notices, not one good one in the lot.|
|‘A Derry on a Cove’ in Roderick (1967–9) I 173: Beyond the grave you’ll cop it hot, by Jove!|
|Illus. Police News 22 June 12/3: ‘He was copping it ’ot from some bookies for passing some snide finnufs (five pound notes)’.Shadows of the Night in|
|Cockney At Home 239: I copped it twice as hot as what the others did.|
|Reported Safe Arrival 13: If it ’adner been a Chink, I’d a copped it ’ot.|
see get it in the neck v.
1. to accept problems without complaining; to get one’s due deserts.
|Law Reports, Victoria Supreme Court 271: He refused to disclose the name of the person who had shot him [...] saying that he would ‘cop it sweet’ and in effect would attend to the matter himself.|
|‘Whisper All Aussie Dict.’ in Kings Cross Whisper (Sydney) xxxiii 4/4: cop it sweet: Never divulging information to the police. Take the blame rightly or wrongly.|
|Ridgey-Didge Oz Jack Lang 10: ‘O.K. – cop it sweet,’ was the response.|
|You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1989) 84: He copped it sweet for almost three weeks.|
|Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. [Internet] ‘cop it sweet’, ie accept what comes.|
|Davo’s Little Something 6: So Davo just had to cop it sweet as they say.|
|Chopper 4 183: ‘Teacup’ would always spit on the ground when walking past a Calabrian [...] and fully-grown men would cop this sweet and walk on.|
2. to have a stroke of luck.
|Lingo 50: cop, denoting a profitable operation of some kind, a term also used in the wider Lingo with a similar meaning in the combination a sweet cop or to cop it sweet.|
3. to relax.
|Dinkum Aussie Dict. 16: Copping it sweet: Taking things easy; having a quiet and pleasant day with a case of beer and a bag of prawns.|