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Meaning of COP

What Does COP Mean?

COP means "Close Of Play" and "Cop" (police officer).

The abbreviation COP is a cliché used in business to mean "Close Of Play". It signifies the end of the working day. It is thought that the term originated in cricket or tennis, which are both sports where the end of a day's play is not necessarily the end of the match. For example, "At COP on the second day of the third test, Pakistan lead India by 21 runs."

COP is also a contraction of "Copper", which is slang for police officer. There are a number of theories as to the origins of the terms "COP" or "Copper" to refer to a police officer, including:
  • "Copper" may refer to the metal used to make the badges (US) or buttons (UK) of the officers' uniforms.
  • "Copper" may derive from the Latin capere, meaning to take, i.e., to take someone into custody or to arrest them.
  • "COP" may be an acronym for “constable on patrol”.
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Definition for COP

COP means "Close of Play". This is the most common definition for COP on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. Here is some more information about COP:

Definition:Close of Play
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
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When I write COP, I mean this:

meaning of COP
COP, meaning "Close Of Play" is a business cliché.

Examples of COP in Sentences

Here are examples of COP (with the meaning "Copper" or police officer) being used in jokes:
  • How many COPs does it take to screw in a light bulb? Just one, but she is never around when you need her.
  • A clairvoyant midget has escaped from prison. The COPs are looking for a small medium at large. 

An Academic Look at COP

When used as an abbreviation with the meaning "Close Of Play", COP is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., See Oh Pee), but it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation COP is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

COP is also a contraction of "Copper". Some contractions, like COP, use the opening letters of the fully expanded version. Other contractions, like Dr, use letters from the start and end of the fully expanded version. Contractions can also be formed by replacing a letter(s) with an apostrophe (e.g., can't).

What Did We Used To Say?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "end of the day" or "close of business" instead of using the abbreviation COP, meaning "Close Of Play".

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Second Definition for COP

This meaning was also noted:

1: Easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
A Text with COP

Using COP on a Cell Phone (SMS Texts, Whatsapp, and Yubl)


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