Green’s Dictionary of Slang

cop v.

[OF caper, to seize]

1. in senses of catching or holding.

(a) (UK Und., also cob) to imprison.

[UK]H. Kingsley Hillyars and Burtons (1870) 262: Was I ever so great a blackguard as Parkins? No. I should have been cobbed in the hulks if I had been.

(b) to catch a disease.

[UK]G.R. Sims Dagonet Ballads 70: They sed as I’d copped it o’ Jim; — / Well, it come like a bit of a blow, / For I watched by the deathbed o’ him.
[Aus]F.J. Hardy Man From Clinkapella 4: What’d he cop, malaria?

(c) to arrest.

[UK]Swell’s Night Guide 66: Ven I pitches, and they count me the best flag pitcher of all the shallows; I never gets copped by the Bobbies [...] but yet I nails the browns.
[US]Calif. Police Gazette 23 Jan. 2: He was at last ‘copped’ by officer Nickerson.
[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 36/2: I think she had been drinking before I ‘copped’ her with the ‘swad’.
[US]Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 7 Sept. n.p.: There is one man yet to arrest who put up the ‘job’ and why he is not ‘copped’ is a mystery.
[UK]Graphic 26 Mar. in Hopkins Life and Death at the Old Bailey (1935) 95: ‘To cop’ in thieves’ parlance, is to arrest.
[UK]Dundee Courier (Scot.) 1 Feb. 7/4: The Smoke’s certainly the best place; a chap like you [...] might stop there for years and never be copp’d.
[Aus]‘Rolf Boldrewood’ Robbery Under Arms (1922) 97: ‘If’ we’re ‘copped’ on account of that last job, I’d like to think she and mother had someone to look after them.
[UK]E.W. Hornung Amateur Cracksman (1992) 103: If our friend here is ‘copped’, [...] he means to ‘blow the gaff’ on you and me.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 17 Feb. 1/1: A Narrooin constable [...] is afraid to raid after-hours’ pubs for fear of copping his cobbers.
[US]J. Lait ‘Charlie the Wolf’ in Beef, Iron and Wine (1917) 65: Then he gets his bravery back an’ pretty soon they cops him in a fly job, done good, but gone bad.
[UK]A. Brazil Madcap of the School 161: ‘I picks pockets, and then I gets copped and sent to quod, and picks oakum!’.
[UK]S. Scott Human Side of Crook and Convict Life 104: I don’t mind being ‘copped’ so much, but, dammit! I would have liked to have had a bit on ‘Caligula’ in the St. Leger to-day.
[UK]K. Howard Small Time Crooks 82: Rose [...] took it for granted that she could bump off Marc safely, although if Mickey did it he would get copped.

(d) (also cob) of people, to catch, to catch out.

Man of Pleasure’s Illus. Pocket-book n.p.: By this lummy dodge the prima donna cops the swells as they return from business in town.
[UK]Dundee Courier (Scot.) 25 Feb. 6/6: Then we stepped it, for fear we’d been ‘copped’.
F. Du Boisgobey (trans. H.L. Williams) Cats-Eye Ring I 207: ‘Oh, the devil! there’s no time! look at that man yonder!’ ‘My chief! I’m copped!’.
[Aus]‘Price Warung’ Tales of the Early Days 288: Yer ol’ friend, Izzy — vat copped ye at Paramatta an’ sent ye to th’ Phoenix!
[Aus]‘Rolf Boldrewood’ In Bad Company 217: If a man was to ‘shake’ a horse here and ride him to Queensland, he’d never be copped.
[US]C.B. Chrysler White Slavery 70: Oh, how easy to go out and ‘cop a quim’ and peddle her.
[Aus]C.J. Dennis ‘Hitched’ Songs of a Sentimental Bloke 81: ‘My cobber ’ere,’ ’e sez, ‘’as copped a peach! / Of orl the barrer-load she is the pick!’.
[Aus]Mirror (Perth) 6 Nov. 12/1: Both were copped and co-respondent had nothing to say.
[US](con. 1920s) J.T. Farrell Young Manhood inStuds Lonigan (1936) 185: Another jane copped the marine, Studs grabbed her and kissed her.
[US]D. Burley Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 105: I was just getting ready to beat a square for his share and cop his chick.
[UK]Willans & Searle Complete Molesworth (1985) 248: I kno he was cobbed with 3 newts and a titmouse in his gym shirt.
[US]H. Rhodes A Chosen Few (1966) 58: Who was th’ chick you copped?
[US]D. Goines Street Players 181: Somebody’s woman done copped a trick.
[UK]M. Amis London Fields 437: It fell at the usual rate of acceleration [...]. And it flipped in mid-air. So Keith copped the lot.
[US]Rebennack & Rummel Under A Hoodoo Moon 128: I [...] copped a job playing piano for Frank Zappa.
[US]Sun 23 Mar. 3: Corrie’s Curly Watts is to cop a police girl lover who mends his broken heart.

(e) (also cob) in fig. sense of sense 1c, to ‘catch’ someone with a blow.

[UK]J. Davis Post Captain (1813) 211: If the cook [...] does not get her coppers well cleaned, and her meat well towed, is she not to be cobbed?
[UK]‘A. Burton’ Adventures of Johnny Newcome III 145: For cobbed he had been for the scoff.
[UK]Marryat King’s Own II 322: If you don’t clap a stopper on that jaw of yours, by George, we’ll cobb you.’ ‘Cobb me! — you will, will you? [...] I dare you to cobb me, you wretches!’.
[UK]Chester Chron. 18 July 3: A lobster [i.e. soldier] should have too much pride / To cop a fellow when he’s down.
[UK]Wild Boys of London I 20/1: Cop him a hot ’un on the smeller.
[UK] ‘The Rocks Push Eisteddfod’ in Bird o’ Freedom (Sydney) in J. Murray Larrikins (1973) 86: No ‘dealing out’ had late been done, no ‘copper’ had been ‘copped’.
[US]F. Hutcheson Barkeep Stories 22: ‘Muggins finally cops him on de point o’ de jaw’.
[US]N.Y. Eve. Journal 7 Feb. n.p.: Ryan copping Barry in five rounds speaks pretty well for him.
[US]Van Loan ‘Sporting Doctor’ in Taking the Count 9: You copped him nice with that right swing.
[US]E. Pound letter 18 Aug. in Paige (1971) 200: Bill Bullitt has been copped by the high-jackers in Texas, but it is hoped he will recover.
[Aus]Smith’s Wkly (Sydney) 20 Aug. 11/1: Slanguage [...] Parse and analyse the following: [...] ‘Bli’ me,’ sez I ‘a bloke out to cop yer on th’ snitch’.
[UK]P. Cheyney Dames Don’t Care (1960) 120: This daughter of a hellion cops me right on top of the nose.
[NZ]G. Newbold Big Huey 110: ‘Cop this,’ said the bloke from our side, and he pulled a shiv from his pocket and shoved it into Mat’s guts.
Dandy Book n.p.: ‘Cop this!’.

(f) (Aus./juv., also cob) to forcefully pull down a boy’s pants to see his penis.

[Aus] (ref. to 1920s) in Lowenstein & Hills Under Hook 26: I did my apprenticeship at Union Can. First place I got cobbed! The girls used to take your pants down when you was a kid!

2. in senses of obtaining, getting hold of.

(a) (US) of objects, to obtain, to purchase, to acquire; 1950s+ use spec. to buy drugs; thus recop, to get a new supply of drugs to sell.

[UK]Swell’s Night Guide 66: He’s been on the tramp cadge to day, and has copped a decent swag of scran.
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.
[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 13/1: Jack had the ‘screws’ on him, and of course he felt pretty certain of ‘copping’ his ‘time,’ for there was no opportunity of ‘slinging’ them away.
[UK] ‘’Arry on the Turf’ in Punch 29 Nov. 297/1: I’d a laid Happy Land to a hegg that this time I had copped the right tip.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 17 Jan. 6/1: If he comes up again, / It is perfectly plain, / He’ll be hooted / And booted, / Until he has scooted – / In fact the big man of Monaro / Will ‘cop’ what most people term ‘jar-ro.’.
[US]L.J. Beck N.Y.’s Chinatown 165: He touched him quick and off he flew / To ‘cop’ the hop from the Chink’s bamboo.
[US]H. Green Maison De Shine 70: That was a great ideer, my dear, havin’ the letter mailed from Chicago, an’ coppin’ that guy’s paper.
[US]T.A. Dorgan in Zwilling TAD Lex. (1993) 108: I copped 30 hats and a box of cigars.
[US]Ade Hand-made Fables 192: He had copped 40,000 Louies, just like picking Fruit, and, at the same time, he had rebuked a Wrong-doer.
[US]E. Dahlberg Bottom Dogs 96: Prunes copped some axlegrease from the gardener’s stable.
[US]D. Runyon ‘That Ever-Loving Wife of Hymie’s’ in Runyon on Broadway (1954) 592: Hymie cops the poor horse’s blanket to wrap around himself.
[US]Mezzrow & Wolfe Really the Blues 163: If we don’t hit the headlines and cop the gold, the hell with it.
[US]‘Hal Ellson’ Golden Spike 13: [of drugs] Who did you cop from?
[US]Larner & Tefferteller Addict in the Street (1966) 27: Like if you see a junkie and you know him, you just ask him where can I cop some pot?
[US]N. Heard Howard Street 24: A place to cop a fast blow job from a fag.
[US]D. Goines Dopefiend (1991) 40: She just had to cop some drugs now.
[US]E. Torres After Hours 8: Cohen who used to cop drawers off Fifth Avenue whores for his fee.
[US]Grandmaster & Mellie Mel ‘White Lines’ [lyrics] Hey man, you wanna cop some blow?
[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 50: She copped one B case too many. [Ibid.] 64: The three codeines he’d copped [...] hadn’t touched his jones.
[US]People (Sydney) 5 July 65/2: A pervy Pommy postie copped a year in the clink for stealing a whopping eight mailbags full of sex toys!
[UK]Indep. on Sun. 5 Sept. 24: We’re sorry you haven’t copped a share of [...] a million quid Sky deal.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 21 Jan. 15: She copped a whopping great advance for her first novel.
[US](con. 1990s) in J. Miller One of the Guys 145: ‘I need to recop, somebody will page [the wholesale dealer] [...] come and meet us on the [...] little back porch. He’ll bring it over there’.
[US]J. Ridley Conversation with the Mann 27: A kid had no business running down to a corner or dark alley and copping dope.
[US]G. Pelecanos Way Home (2009) 26: I copped tonight. I got a pound out in my trunk.
[US]Codella and Bennett Alphaville (2011) 153: Visiting dope users who had to get in, cop, and get out without being robbed.
email to http://davidsimon.com 9 May [Internet] Granted, I was going to cop, but still… the nerve of this guy, he didn’t even ask me if I had my white privilege card on me first.

(b) (US) to grab for oneself, esp. unfairly; thus copping n.

[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 36/2: I did not wait for a refusal, but ‘copped’ a sweet one right from the ‘gob’.
[UK]Punch 29 Sept. 146/2: He’ll cop my truncheon, Pat, / Jam the whistle into my mouth, And stretch the Peeler flat [F&H].
[US]H. Green Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 27: Ef I cud git the agents tuh lemme put on my new act, I’d cop the change, too.
[US]G. Bronson-Howard God’s Man 361: I dropped in among those Fifth Avenue burglars once, just to see if I couldn’t cop a little of their classy work.
[US]D. Hammett ‘Fly Paper’ Story Omnibus (1966) 37: It looked like there still might be a chance of copping.
[US]J. Lait Put on the Spot 16: The Edgewater Kid had violated the law of the ‘Devil’s Hall’ and had copped Polack Annie.
[US]M. Spillane One Lonely Night 58: It gave him a good excuse to cop a day off now and then.
[US]M. Braly Felony Tank (1962) 37: I’ll get you a cup. They put some kid in our cell last night – I’ll cop his.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Pimp 21: His plan was to cop Mama and make it to the ‘Windy’.
[US]R. Campbell Alice in La-La Land (1999) 208: Thinking about the millions Nell and Cortez were going to cop.
[UK]Guardian 15 Oct. 25: A good friend of mine...has copped all the glory.
[UK]J. Baker Shooting in the Dark (2002) 112: I can’t feed Echo down there while he’s trying to cop a look all the time.

(c) (also cob) to steal.

[UK]‘Bill Truck’ Man o’ War’s Man (1843) 40: Cob him, I say; for he had plenty of time, and knew well enough we had the first call.
Man of Pleasure’s Illus. Pocket-book n.p.: ‘[I]ts multa denarly if you cops a multa swag’.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 2 Mar. 3/3: [She] said ‘see what I have copped’ by which she understood that she had ‘snammered’ it.
[UK]Macmillan’s Mag. (London) ‘Autobiog. of a Thief’ Oct. XL 500: I was taken by two pals (companions) to an orchard to cop (steal) some fruit.
[UK]Nottingham Eve. Post 28 Jan. 4/5: He was snugly seated near the bread baskets [...] wishing for a chance to ‘cop’ a couple of the small currant loaves on the sly.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 7 Mar. 13/2: When we get to Sukkim, as they calls it, and the canteen’s in full swim, I think I’ll cop a pound or two. Got all my tools with me, my cards, and matches, and there’s a man in another regiment all ‘readied up’ for the confidence trick.
[UK]A. Morrison Child of the Jago (1982) 50: Wy, copped somethink, o’ course. Nicked somethink. You know.
[US]A.H. Lewis Boss 96: As fly a dip as ever nipped a watch or copped a leather.
[US]J. Lait ‘Charlie the Wolf’ in Beef, Iron and Wine (1917) 45: He copped it from Lefkowitz’s pawnshop.
[US]J. Callahan Man’s Grim Justice 5: I dashed in and copped the contents of the cash drawer.
[US]E.S. Gardner ‘Bird in the Hand’ in Goulart (1967) 274: Copping watches and that sort of stuff?
[US]N. Algren Never Come Morning (1988) 49: You never wanted to help out wagon-bouncing ’r coppin’ by the five-’n-dime.
[US]S. Bellow Augie March (1996) 268: Is that why you were copping books?
[US]L. Bruce Essential Lenny Bruce 85: Where is the tag? Who copped it?
[US]D. Goines Dopefiend (1991) 85: The day we cop your sister’s [television] . . . I’ll swing with my mother’s.
[US]H. Rawson Dict. of Invective (1991) 96: to cop, meaning to steal.
[US](con. 1949) G. Pelecanos Big Blowdown (1999) 24 7: And everything they do know, they copped from Mr. Louis Armstrong.

(d) (UK Und.) to receive bribes, esp. of a police officer.

[Aus]Smith’s Wkly (Sydney) 11 Apr. 13/7: A couple of mug demons caught me red handed, with my fish in a bookmaker’s bag. The Tommy was a nark and the coppers wouldn’t cop.
[UK]D. Powis Signs of Crime 179: Cop (verb) To receive corrupt payments: ‘Did he cop?’ means ‘Did he receive a gratuity (or bribe)?’.
[UK]J. Morton Lowspeak.

3. in fig. uses of sense 2.

(a) to experience, to undergo, e.g. cop a beating.

[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. 121: Cop to seize or lay hold of anything unpleasant; used in a similar sense to catch in the phrase, ‘to cop (or catch) a beating’.
[UK]Sl. Dict.
[UK]‘Doss Chiderdoss’ ‘A Derby Bet’ Sporting Times 28 May 1/2: For five years I haven’t seen Epsom, five Derbies have ‘copped’ without me!
[UK]Liverpool Dly Post 8 July 5/4: Of course I had to be ‘gassed’, It’s the fashion to ‘cop’ a dose of that yellow smoke.
[Aus]L. Glassop We Were the Rats 113: Some blokes aren’t nominated. [...] They cop all the strife that’s goin’.
[UK]J. Curtis Look Long Upon a Monkey 112: When the law’s picked us up, what’ll I do? Only cop about another seven, concurrent for indecent assault, that’s all.
[Aus]D. Ireland Glass Canoe (1982) 48: He copped an airgun pellet in the chest.
[UK]J. Morton Lowspeak 43: Cop a lie or liedown – to be sentenced to a term of imprisonment.

(b) (orig. Aus.) to notice, to look at; esp. in phr. used by one man to another, indicating an attractive woman, cop a load of that... or cop that lot! look at them!

[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 5/2: The same ‘bloke’ had ‘copped’ the ‘mugs’ of some of us before this time.
[UK]Wild Boys of London 6/1: Sometimes a copper cops him instead; then he has to scarper.
[UK]W.E. Henley Unpublished Ballad n.p.: In the breeding cage I cops her, With her stays off, all a’blowin’! – Three parts sprung [F&H].
[US]E. Townsend Chimmie Fadden Explains 92: I was comin in t’ town for some errants for Miss Fannie, when de widdy cops me.
[UK]Marvel 12 Nov. 8: If they copped me at this they’d kill me, they would.
[UK]E. Raymond Child of Norman’s End (1967) 73: If the foreman cops me, he won’t kiss me good-bye when me day’s work’s done.
[Aus]L. Glassop We Were the Rats 51: Cop this. I’m no common sheila.
[UK]S. Berkoff East in Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 53: Turn over for The Saint and cop the last act of Schoenberg’s Moses and Aaron.
[UK]A. Payne ‘Senior Citizen Caine’ in Minder [TV script] 55: What you want is a father figure with a bit of cash. Here cop a load of this.
[UK]Guardian Weekend 19 Feb. 13: The trainspotter who [...] would underline the numbers of engines he had ‘copped’ in his loco-spotter’s guide.

(c) to take in an abstract sense; usu. in combs. (see also cop a... v.).

[UK]‘F. Anstey’ Voces Populi 234: You’d ha’ copped ’im if yer’d bin a bit quicker.
[UK]‘Doss Chiderdoss’ ‘Unciariasis’ Sporting Times 4 July 1/4: On race days big he, with ‘brain fag,’ / Knocked off, the office scorning; / Returning with empty ‘bag,’ / To cop the ‘sack’ next morning.
[US]Hecht & Bodenheim Cutie 37: St. Vitus himself would have copped fourth prize as a study in still life alongside of her.
[US]J. Lait Gangster Girl 200: This here ‘X’ guy’s gonna cop a call — do I or don’t I?
[US]I. Shulman Amboy Dukes 38: Cop a walk, you’re screwing our game.
[UK]G. Kersh Fowlers End (2001) 112: Anywhere I can cop a kip for half an hour?
[Aus](con. 1944) L. Glassop Rats in New Guinea 55: Old Tom copped the lot.
[Aus]P. White Burnt Ones 312: So you had to get into bed with him [...] That was how she copped the twins.
[Aus]S. Gore Holy Smoke 25: He was coppin’ one or two dirty looks.
[Aus](con. 1930s) F. Huelin ‘Keep Moving’ 24: ‘Paddy Murphy, The Singing Stiff’ had copped fourteen days for drunk and disorderly.
[UK]J. Sullivan ‘To Hull and Back’ Only Fools and Horses [TV script] I’m beginning to lose my temper Rodney – you’ll cop an unfortunate one in a minute.
[US]C. Hiaasen Lucky You 219: He was too busy trying to cop a peek up her shorts.
D. Shaw ‘Dead Beard’ at www.asstr.org [Internet] Then I look a bit higher and cop her boat race and I know I’ve seen it before – I never forget any airs and graces, you can’t afford to, not in my business.

(d) (orig. US black, also cop on) to understand, to ‘get’, to realize.

[US]D. Burley Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 18: What those grey studs [...] don’t cop is that the average Lane today is from the Apple, whether it’s the Big Apple, the Windy Apple, the Tropic Apple, or the Bunker Hill Apple.
[US]Hughes & Bontemps Book of Negro Folklore 482: cop: To take, receive, understand.
[US]P. Crump Burn, Killer, Burn! 54: ‘Tell those apes [...] they’re barred from 111th Street, cop?’ ‘Yeah, I cop.’.
[Ire]R. Doyle Snapper 128: It’s taken you to make me cop on. You, Sharon.
[Ire]P. Howard The Joy (2015) [ebook] Everyone just takes the piss out of him [...] but he never cops it.
[UK]Guardian Weekend 28 Aug. 16: I hope the politicians don’t cop on.
[Ire]P. Howard Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightdress 44: He finally cops what I’m talking about.

(e) (US black) to affect a manner, to pose; esp. in phr. cop an attitude under attitude n.

[US]P. Thomas Down These Mean Streets 19: Mom copped that wet-eyed look.

4. in senses of lit. or fig. communication.

(a) to take in, to persuade.

[UK] ‘’Arry at a Political Pic-Nic’ in Punch 11 Oct. 180/1: They don’t cop yours truly with chaff none the more.
[Aus]‘Rolf Boldrewood’ In Bad Company 100: The beggar’s been squared or ‘copped’ for some bloomin’ fake [...] He’s goin’ to turn dog on us, after all.
[UK]Breton & Bevir Adventures of Mrs. May 34: I copped ’im proper over me tale.

(b) (also cop out) to win over.

[US]R. Lardner ‘Horseshoes’ in Coll. Short Stories (1941) 256: You got a swell girl, Dick! [...] You’re mighty lucky to cop her out.

5. in lit. or fig. senses meaning to overcome, to defeat.

(a) to win, e.g. a bet, a fight.

[Aus]Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 14 Nov. 1/5: Numdia did not get too well away, but could have copped, only for her rider [...] kidding she was running out.
[US]F. Hutchison Philosophy of Johnny the Gent 88: ‘If this horse cops there'll be a big squawk’.
[UK]Sporting Times 25 Apr. 4/3: If the outlook is gritty, you’ll go to the City, / And ‘sub.’ a stray quid or a brace; / Then, as soon as you cop ’em, on Land League you’ll pop ’em, / The ‘City and Sub.,’ win and place.
[US]R. Lardner ‘Champion’ in Coll. Short Stories (1941) 113: ‘What’s they in it?’ asked Midge. ‘Twenty if you cop.’.
[UK]Wodehouse Inimitable Jeeves 130: Say I have a tenner on Heppenstall, and cop.
[UK]J. Curtis There Ain’t No Justice 43: Look at yourself to-night, doing three and five and five and three turning up. Back the bloody first and second and still you don’t cop.
[US]J. Lilienthal Horse Crazy 19: [in a race] pace in the pinches is what cops or kills [W&F].
[US]N.Y. Times Book Rev. 3 Sept. X3: ‘Green Pastures’ copped the Pulitzer Prize [W&F].
[UK]A. Baron Lowlife (2001) 45: The first day at Lincoln I copped a winner.

(b) (US) to kill, to shoot dead.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 17 Mar. 24/4: We were expecting a smash, and got it. We will all be ‘copped’ like that some day if we are always to be under our own officers. [...] Some of them are only boys, who came out for a holiday, and we have to chance our lives with them.
[US]J. Lait Gangster Girl 152: ‘Dey copped de dope, damn ’em,’ Tim cursed, as he hugged the doorway, ‘but I’ll cop Glasson!’.
[US]P. Thomas Down These Mean Streets (1970) 106: At Ortiz’ Funeral Parlor there would be a wreath of white flowers indicating that death had copped another customer.

(c) (orig. US) other than of a pimp, to seduce; thus, of a man, to have sexual intercourse.

[US](con. 1917) J. Stevens Mattock 127: Lieutenant Hute’ll never leave this town till he’s copped that little Tadousac madamozel, Savvy, sergeant? Junie Tadousac. Junie and the lieutenant – oo, la, la!
[US]P. Crump Burn, Killer, Burn! 242: Cool yourself into rigor mortis for not copping righteous on de gismo when you had it on de slaughtering floor.
[US]E. Torres After Hours 62: Copped regular after that.
[US]N. Heard House of Slammers 82: I wish he’d at least waited till I copped.
[UK]I. Welsh Trainspotting 238: Charlene’s copped, so’s the woman that Sick Boy shagged oan her 21st birthday.

(d) (US Und., also cob) of a confidence man, to win money from a victim.

[US]D. Maurer Big Con 260: He puts the tat in for his partner who ‘cops’ that round.
[US]C. Willingham End as a Man (1952) 75: Follow my lead and we’ll cob brother Black Gatt.

(e) (US black) of a pimp, to seduce a girl, spec. with the intention of making her into a prostitute.

[US]Milner & Milner Black Players 41: To pull or to catch a woman is to capture her and make her your own [...] The verb to cop is also used in this context, generalized from its meaning to cop anything, to take. Cop can mean anything from ‘buy it’ to ‘steal it’; the basic idea is ‘to gain possession of.’.
[US]A.K. Shulman On the Stroll 7: It [i.e. a bus station] was the best place to cop a girl.
[US]‘The Master Pimp’ Pimp’s Rap 41: The main thing tonight is to act like you don’t give a damn whether you cop or you don’t.

6. usu. of a prostitute, to fellate; also lesbian use, i.e. to perform cunnilingus.

[UK]J. Colebrook Cross of Lassitude 103: The oblique and penetrating language of the life. [...] ‘Listen Baby he’s [i.e. a lesbian] only tryin’ to cop. He satisfies her, he’ll sock it to her, but later on she’ll get him when she can.’.
[US]R. Campbell Alice in La-La Land (1999) 16: That blond faggot has heated up his baby at our expense and even as I speak, she’s copping his thing.

7. (Aus.) to tolerate.

[Aus]Smith & Noble Neddy (1998) 247: You know me, Murray, I don’t like fuck-ups. I will not cop anyone trying to dud me by handing me different gear than the sample.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Mystery Bay Blues 46: I’m fucked if I’m goona cop that.

8. see cop it v. (2)

In derivatives

copper (n.)

a thief.

[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 2 Mar. 3/3: [He] did not ‘feel justified’ in adopting any other course but that of sending the ‘copper’ to cool her coppers at Darlinghurst.

In compounds

cop money (n.)

(drugs) money set aside for the purchase of drugs.

[US]D. Goines Dopefiend (1991) 214: What hurts is that it’s part of our cop money.
[US]L. Stringer Grand Central Winter (1999) 144: Tall, dark, and ragged, cop money scrunched in his fist.
copping clothes (n.)

(US) of a pimp, a particularly smart, legitimate suit of clothes, worn spec. to entice and seduce potential prostitutes.

[US]A.K. Shulman On the Stroll 8: Instead of partying, he’d got his copping clothes cleaned and pressed.
copping corner (n.)

(US drugs) a street corner on which drug dealers collect to sell their wares.

[US](con. 1985–90) P. Bourjois In Search of Respect 29: I went down a side street that happened to be a heroin ‘copping corner.’.
copping fuck (n.) [fuck n. (1a)]

(US Und.) the initiatory act of sexual intercourse between a newly recruited whore and her pimp.

[US]J.L. Dillard Lex. Black Eng. 88: One of Silky’s girls describes the copping fuck of the newly accepted member of the stable – fifteen different positions.
copping zone (n.)

(drugs) that area of a town or city where users will find the main drug market.

[US](con. 1982–6) T. Williams Cocaine Kids (1990) 14: It was a place to ‘cop’ (buy), a ‘copping zone’.
[US]ONDCP Street Terms 6: Copping zones — Specific areas where buyers can purchase drugs.

In phrases

all cop and no blue

a phr. used to describe a mean person or attitude, lit. ‘all take and no give’.

[UK] ‘’Arry on Law and Order’ in Punch 26 Nov. 249/2: I do ’ate a blood-sucking screw / Who sponges and never stands Sam, and whose motto’s ‘all cop and no blue’.
[UK] ‘’Arry on the Sincerest Form of Flattery’ in Punch 20 Sept. 144/2: All cop and no blue ain’t my motter.
cop a... (v.)

see separate entry.

cop and blow (v.)

1. (US Und.) of a confidence trickster, to lure in a victim to a dice or card game by playing fair, i.e. by winning and losing as dictated by the law of averages.

[US]Jackson & Hellyer Vocab. Criminal Sl. 18: blow [...] ‘A shilliber’s work is to cop and blow,’ i.e., to take and give in a gambling, ostensibly winning and losing in good faith from and to a confederate.
[US]D. Maurer Big Con 260: The con men ‘cop and blow’ so that no one will suspect them.

2. (US Und.) to perform any kind of quick swindle.

[US]Maines & Grant Wise-crack Dict. 6/2: Cop and blow – The skin game man’s signal to his confederates to win and walk away.
[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 210/2: Stick, cop, and blow! (Carnival) Take the victim’s money and leave him.
[US]B. Gonzales I Paid My Dues 101: He reconciled himself to the name of the game. ‘Cop and Blow’ (win and lose) and made his way uptown.
[US]‘Randy Everhard’ Tattoo of a Naked Lady 9: My dick is long and my cons are short. Cop and blow, that’s my motto – take the money and run.

3. (US) to do something quickly and then leave, e.g. a theft, a quick purchase (of fast food, drugs, prostitutes etc).

[US]Little Falls Herald (MN) 31 Mar. 3/3: How to Operate the Shell Game with Profit [...] If the spieler should happen to fumble the pill while the dough is up, it is best to cop and blow at once.
[US]B. Dai Opium Addiction in Chicago 198: Cop and blow. An expression meaning ‘Take it and go quickly.’ This expression is generally applied to drugs.
[US]P. Crump Burn, Killer, Burn! 290: I don’t need no book to tell me when to cop and when to blow.
[US]N. Heard Howard Street 243: You know the name of the game: Cop and Blow. You lose on this end but you gain on another. Ain’t nothin’ to cry about.
[US](con. 1950s) D. Goines Whoreson 87: After all, the game is cop and blow.
[US]E. Grogan Ringolevio 46: He had no [...] excessive style of stealing like his two partners – his way was simply to cop and blow.
[US]Milner & Milner Black Players 42: Often a pimp knows in advance that the woman will only stay with him for a comparatively short time, so he tries to get as much money out of her as he can before she blows (leaves him). This technique is known as short money or cop and blow.
[US]J.L. Dillard Lex. Black Eng. 88: To cop (also to catch, or to pull) as a transitive verb is not, of course, peculiar to prostitution, but cop without expressed object meaning ‘induce a girl to ally herself with a particular pimp’ is. To lose a girl to another pimp is to blow, and the (usually) more or less friendly competition between pimps is described as cop and blow.
[US]A.K. Shulman On the Stroll 9: Better, then, to cop and blow — take what you could get and cut her loose.
[US]G. Sculatti Catalog of Cool [Internet] (to) cop and blow (verb): To make a purchase and split the scene. ‘Let’s make it to McDonalds, cop and blow.’.
[US](con. 1940s) Deuce Ofay Productions ‘The Jive Bible’ at JiveOn.com [Internet] Cop and blow [...] You slap yo’self a good, long peep at Kenny, boy. Check his action – he gots a fly crutch, a diff’rent zoot suit fo’ every piece o’ seven an’ a rep dat come through de slammer trey hours befo’ he slide in. Kenny’s secret be dat he cop an’ blow, keepin’ de green flow.

4. (US black teen) to run off.

[US] ‘Good-Doing Wheeler’ in D. Wepman et al. Life (1976) 77: So get in the wind, go where you been. / Cop and blow is part of the game.
[US]P. Crump Burn, Killer, Burn! 301: Hey! The bulladeens! Cop and blow! before discarding her; thus also in fig. use as regards one’s general lifestyle: the short view.
[US] ‘The Fall’ in D. Wepman et al. Life (1976) 86: Bitch, you ain’t no lame, you know the Game; / They call it cop and blow. / You’ve had your run, and now you’re done.

5. (US black) to exploit an unsatisfactory prostitute for as much money as possible.

[US] (ref. to 1950s) C. Major Juba to Jive.
cop and pass (n.) (UK prison)

the act of transferring contraband from one prisoner to another.

[UK]J. Phelan Tramp at Anchor 39: I began to learn the twiddle, the dairy, the cop and pass.
cop it (v.)

see separate entry.

cop, lock and block (v.) [SE lock + cock block v. (1)]

(US black pimp) to obtain a prostitute, to secure her to one’s stable n. (2) and to ensure that no other pimp is able to lure her away.

[US](con. 1950s) D. Goines Whoreson 94: Some people think the game is cop and blow, but it ain’t. Its cop, lock, and block.
cop off (v.)

see separate entries.

cop on

see separate entries.

cop out

see separate entries.

cop someone’s drawers (v.)

(US) of a man, to seduce a woman.

[US]P. Thomas Down These Mean Streets 23: I [...] copped girls’ drawers and blew pot.
[US]H. Selby Jr Demon (1979) 32: Who might find out if he copped her drawers and what might happen.
cop (some) Zs (v.)

see under z n.1

cop the... (v.)

see also under relevant n.

cop the crow (v.)

(Aus.) to be put at a disadvantage.

[Aus]Townsville Daily Bull. (Qld) 18 Apr. 9/2: This will be a God-send to Westerners who seem to ‘cop the crow’ whenever any restrictions are thought of.
P. Pinney Glass Cannon (1990) 96: It’s typical: he gets out in front and stirs things up, and it’s the idiots following behind who cop the crow. But he doesn't give a brass razoo, he just laugh.
[Aus]Aus. Women’s Weekly 1 Dec. 2/3: ‘Copping the crow’ [...] When a new-chum joined locals in the pub it was decided who should pay for the rounds by placing slips of paper in a hat. Ostensibly one slip was marked ‘crow’, but actually all were. The game lasted as long as the new-chum fell for it.
[Aus]T.A.G. Hungerford Sowers of the Wind 69: ‘And what did you do to cop the crow, Nocker?’ ‘Damn all!’ the man called Nocker grunted. ‘If it was rainin' palaces I’d get hit on the head with the handle of the dunny door.’.
B. Wannan Aus. Folklore 156: ‘To cop the crow’: To get ‘the worst end of the stick’, the poorest job, or the ‘lousiest deal’. It is probably connected with an old bush tale.
House of Reps Weekly Hansard 3-4 1093/2: It is we who cop the crow. We are the people who continually work with Telecom’s regional managers.
cop the flick (v.) [a dismissive flick of the fingers]

(Aus.) to be dismissed from one’s employment.

[Aus]S. Maloney Big Ask 73: After I copped the flick from the brewery, she made me an offer.
cop the lot (v.)

to gain or receive everything, either positively or negatively.

[UK]W.E. Henley ‘Villon’s Straight Tip’ in Farmer Musa Pedestris (1896) 176: Suppose you screeve, or go cheap-jack? / [...] / How do you melt the multy swag? / Booze and the blowens cop the lot.
[UK]Harrington & LeBrunn [perf. Marie Lloyd] Everything in the Garden’s Lovely [lyrics] Wallop comes the painter's pot / And the dandy cops the lot.
[Aus]K. Tennant Battlers 296: The victim turned on the tormentors, and flung a whole tray of apricot cans at them. ‘Take my cans, would you? Here, cop the lot!’.
[Aus]L. Glassop Lucky Palmer 15: Looks like you’re going to cop the lot.
[Aus]A. Seymour One Day of the Year (1977) II iii: If he hasn’t had enough to make him sick he just gets steamed up and we’ll cop the lot.
[Aus]Penguin Bk of More Aus. Jokes 241: When he came to a barbed-wire fence he rested the gun on the top strand and proceeded to throw his leg over. The gun was dislodged and went off. His old fellow copped the lot.
cop up (v.)

(drugs) to buy drugs.

D. Vrij ‘Tying Off’ on Inter-zone.org [Internet] The dawning of the true millennium 2001, found him copping up on Broadway.
on the cop

(Aus.) engaged in theft.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 10 Dec. 40/2: So nex’ day I puts ’im off, sayin’ it was gettin’ made, and tried to dror ’im about whether ’e’d ever been on the cop before. ’E swore ’e ’ad; but I could see ’e ’adn’t. ’E didn’t know the ropes, and I ’ung off ’im more than ever.