fair cop n.
1. a justifiable arrest; usu. in the tongue-in-cheek phr. it’s a fair cop guvnor, put the bracelets on...
|Dly Gaz. for Middlesborough 4 Oct. 4/4: When witness remarked that it was a fair ‘cop’ Mrs Peacock appeared very much flurried.|
|Sunderland Dly Echo 6 Apr. 3/1: McFarlane [...] got in, came out, and was caught [...] When arrested, said ‘Don’t badly use me; it is a fair cop’.|
|Amateur Cracksman (1992) 33: All right, guv’nor [...] don’t excite. It’s a fair cop.|
|Sporting Times 7 Jan. 1/1: Larf? So would you. I’m really innercent of this ’ere. The other times, it was a fair cop, an’ yet yer got me orf!|
|Human Touch 79: Put the pop-gun away, guv’nor [...] It’s a fair cop, and it might ruddy well go hoff.|
|25 Years in Six Prisons 44: It was a ‘fair cop,’ as the boys call it.|
|Have His Carcase 127: Lord, Inspector! How you startled me! All right, it’s a fair cop.|
|Gang War 91: Most arrests by the inspector seemed to be accepted philosophically as a ‘fair cop’.|
|Banker Tells All 76: ‘It’s a fair cop,’ he moaned.|
|Billy Bunter at Butlins 208: It’s a fair cop, and I ain’t giving no trouble.|
|Time Was (1981) Act I: Of course there were burglars [...] And when you caught them they said: ‘It’s a fair cop, I’ll come quietly’.|
|Only Fools and Horses [TV script] Well I’ll come quietly, miss – it’s a fair cop.‘The Long Legs of the Law’|
|Desperate Dan Special No. 7 28: It’s a fair cop, Guv!|
|www.bristol.indymedia.org 20 Oct. 🌐 [heading] It’s a Fair Cop. Inspector’s Honesty Scunners G8 Case in Glasgow.|
2. any situation seen as fair and about which there is no complaint.
|Child of the Jago (1982) 182: It’ll be a fair cop for ’im [...] ’E’s treated us all pretty mean, one time or another.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 4 Aug. 13/1: Whitewash: My ole man’s goin’ ter China. I call it a fair cop bein’ paid fer stoushin’ Chows.|
|Cockney At Home 162: I tell you I thought I was on a fair cop.|
|Marvel 3 Mar. 16: Well, it was a fair cop.|