1. a successful bet; thus ext. as any form of ‘sure thing’ or certainty.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 7 Nov. 12/2: Unlucky dog! I lost the scent / When I went Nap. on Rocket; / They told me she must get a ‘shop’ – / No mortal means could stop her; / I thought I had a blooming ‘cop’ – / I’ve not a blooming copper.|
|Trick Baby (1996) 93: Blue is gonna gaff that wheel on your number and heave you a heavy cop.|
|Guardian Editor 2 July n.p.: Cop: Win. ‘You had a nice cop there, mate!’.|
|More You Bet 6: A ‘good thing’ might also have been referred to as a ‘sure thing,’ or a ‘certain cop,’ or a ‘sure cop,’ or a ‘dead bird’ or a ‘dead cert’.|
2. (Aus./N.Z.) a good job obtained by shrewdness or luck; an agreeable proposition; a bit of luck or a trick that leads to large profits; often ext. to soft cop
|De Omnibus 125: Garn, Jeckson [...] yer don’t tike me in with none o’ them ole cops.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 15 Sept. 13/1: ‘Well, wotchadoinow?’ sezzi, / Alludin’ to ’is work. / ‘I aven gotakop,’ sezee, / ‘At presen’. Wot’s your lurk?’.|
|Songs of a Sentimental Bloke 67: An’ then I tells ’er ’ow I got a job / [...] A decent sorter cop at fifty bob.‘Mar’ in|
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl. 20: Cop, a good job obtained by shrewdness or luck: an agreeable proposition: a bit of luck.|
|Jimmy Brockett 161: I was working out the details of how I could get out of the fight game and make a good big cop into the bargain.|
|Barry McKenzie [comic strip] in Complete Barry McKenzie (1988) 98: I’m onto a good cop working here. Piss-up every day.|
|Pairs and Loners 80: My marble’s good there for a cushy job and a few quid picking apples and pears. It’s a cop.|
3. (Aus.) an experience.
|Moods of Ginger Mick 87: When orl the cheerin’ dies away, an’ ’ero-worship flops, / Yeh’ll ’ave to face the ole tame life – ’ard yakker or ’ard cops.‘A Letter to the Front’ in|
4. (US tramp) a theft.
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 55: Cop. – [...] A theft or unlawful acquisition.|
5. (US Und.) the money that confidence men allow a victim to win.
|Big Con 293: cop. The money which a mark is allowed to win.|
6. (US) an acquisition.
|The Long and the Short and the Tall Act II: He’s no cop to us. He’s lost his value.|
|Pimp 74: My first step had to be a fast cop.|
|Street Players 44: Earl watched them depart, pleased with his brand new cop.|
7. (US black) an act of sexual intercourse.
|Black Short Story Anthol. (1972) 302: Looking drugged ’cause I done blew his fast cop. He musta got there two-three seconds before I did ’cause it don’t take too long to cop Glorie.‘The Game’ in King|
|Acid House 130: Ye hud the power tae git oot fae under yir ma n dad’s feet, so’s they could have a decent cowp in piece.‘The Granton Star Cause’ in|
of no or little value or use, worthless.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 16 May 10/2: ‘It’s getting quite serious, old man;’ / Brown said at the Statue last week, / ‘If we don’t quickly hit on a plan / The chinks will take charge of our fleet.’ / But that wouldn’t be much of a cop; / In fact, it would be a good scheme / If we packed off the ’ole blessed lot / For a cruise in the old Wolverene.|
|‘On Top’ [lyrics] Poor old soul! for her it was ‘no cop’.|
|Penny Showman 83: Neither of the latter two being much cop – but they answered the purpose.|
|Tramping with Tramps 176: My mates tried to dissuade me [...] saying it was ‘no cop’.|
|They Drive by Night 261: That Charley of hers wasn’t much cop.|
|None But the Lonely Heart 180: ‘Your father was a great artist [...] I thought you were going to be one, too.’ ‘I found it ain’t much cop.’.|
|Swag, the Spy and the Soldier in Lehmann Penguin New Writing No. 26 39: Art don’t seem to be much cop.|
|Caretaker Act I: They’re no good but at least they’re comfortable. Not much cop, but I mean they don’t hurt.|
|Night to Make the Angels Weep (1967) II xvi: Man as con’t keep his wife ain’t no cop.|
|I’m a Jack, All Right 125: ‘You couldn’t say she was much of a cop.’ [...] ‘When you’re stoking the fire, you don’t look at the mantel-piece’.|
|Start in Life (1979) 84: For a couple of years I got regular meals, even though they weren’t much cop.|
|Daughters of Cain (1995) 372: I’m not much cop at writing.|
|Soho 167: Better wait and see if he was any cop first.|
(Aus.) anything seen as easy; esp. in phr. be on a soft cop, to have it easy.
|Verses by a Soldier ‘over there’ 15: But I wouldn’t change foot sloggin’ / For a soft cop, or nice toggin’ / Of a job behind the line.|
|Ridge and River 80: He’s on a soft cop, all right, getting his leafie built and his blasted tucker cooked and everything!|
|Rooted I iii: It’s a pretty soft cop.|
|Lingo 49: Since then the word has been used in the wider Lingo as a description of a criminal or, at least, a dubious scheme of some kind [...] and, more generally, to mean a soft cop, an easy and/or remunerative job or activity.|
(Aus.) an absolute certainty, a ‘sure thing’, a ‘dead cert’.
|Sun. Times (Perth) 6 Nov. 4/7: Ten minutes later Bung was [...] sounding the praises of thc cleverness of madam in a way which promised to make the. pleasure trip a dead sure cop.|
|Register (Adelaide) 13 July 4/6: Even when a house looks a sure cop we have to be ready [...] to meet a man with a gun [...] on the lookout for us gents.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 21 July 4s/2: When we’ve tramped the final round, / There’s a ‘sure cop’ underground.|
|From a Bench in Our Square 113: This is a hoss. Seven to one and a sure cop [...] You can’t afford not to have something down.|
|Aus. Lang. 174: Australian equivalents [of dead cert] are dead bird, [...] sure cop.|