What does cop out mean?

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  1. (idiomatic) To avoid or shirk, either by failing to perform, or by performing in a grossly insufficient, negligent, or superficial manner.
  2. To plead guilty and ask for mercy.
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Originally, I was going to cop out of this with a joke answer.
Don't cop out by claiming that you're trying to reach all readers.
Faced with the prospect of cooking for himself, his first thought was to cop out and order a pizza.
Not only is he in the position where he has to make tough decisions, he doesn't cop out of them.
Some of the man-bashing and emotional blackmail seems a bit of a cop out when sections of the production are effectively dramatic and poetically lyrical.
This strikes me as not exactly a cop out, but rather a glossing over what, to me, is so simple.

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