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Telling him you're ill sounds like a cop-out to me.
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a generation … who are balancing working life with caring for both their teenage children and elderly parents
a large cake decorated or filled with sweet foods such as fruit, cream, and chocolate
to gossip or share personal information with someone …
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Definition of cop-out from the online English dictionary from Macmillan Publishers Limited.