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Cap an attitude

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Cap an attitude Meaning Adopt an aggressive or antagonistic bearing. Origin This follows on from previous 'cop' phrases: Copped it - to be caught or be in trouble, recorded from 1884. Cop a feel - to fondle sexually, recorded from 1935. Cop on with - associate with, recorded from 1940. Cop here is the slang term meaning 'to catch, take hold of, pick up'. This is the most probable source of cop as the slang term for policeman incidentally. There's no evidence for the often-quoted 'constable on patrol' acronym as the origin of cop and this is in the same unsupported category as golf and posh. This 'catch' sense of cop has been current since at least 1868, as here from the Daily Telegraph: "The privileged driver, on dropping his fare almost invariably 慶ops?a job on his way back." 'Cop an attitude' is later, but is a direct descendent. It's not surprising that the term would have emerged around that time, when the word 'attitude' took on an additional meaning. This is one of those terms, like chic or cool, which don't sound right when defined on the page, but 'you know it when you see it' - something like 'confrontational stylized individualism'. An early printed citation is from Rolling Stone, April 1975, but again, isn't likely to be the very earliest: "Natty dreadlocks means hair with an attitude: kinky, jungle thick and matted into tortuous antibraids." Before long almost anything could be '...with attitude'. Cop had a resurgence then too, with 'cop off with', meaning - to establish a sexual relationship. This is recorded from 1986 and the meaning is well demonstrated in this, from the Face Sept. 1994: "90 per cent of clubbers go to clubs to cop off, dance their arses off and get out of their head." With both 'cop' and 'attitude' being heavily used slang terms in the 1980s, it's no big surprise that the first printed citation of 'cop an attitude' is from the New York Times, Oct 1985, although, as a street slang term, it may well have been in circulation for some time before that: "If I'm out there for months with everybody yelling at me, I'm going to cop an attitude." 没有相关文章