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cop an attitude

slang To act irritably. Don't cop an attitude with me, young lady, or I'll take away your allowance! All of a sudden, John copped an attitude—I guess he was unhappy with the change in plans.
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devil-may-care attitude

A nonchalant attitude, especially toward risks or consequences. I can't believe he went out on his motorcycle in this rain. His devil-may-care attitude is going to get him killed. If you keep up this devil-may-care attitude toward your money, you'll be broke in no time.
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with attitude

Especially intense, impressive, or demanding of attention. She has now built an entire media empire on being a nanny with attitude, one who won't tolerate the bad behavior of children or parents alike. It's not quite rock climbing—more like hiking with attitude.
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cop an attitude

Sl. to take a negative or opposite attitude about something. My teenage son copped an attitude when I asked why he seemed to be sneaking around.
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devil-may-care attitude

 and devil-may-care manner
a very casual attitude; a worry-free or carefree attitude. You must get rid of your devil-may-care attitude if you want to succeed. She acts so thoughtless—with her devil-may-care manner.
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have a bad attitude

to have a negative outlook on things; to be uncooperative. Perry has a bad attitude and has nothing positive to contribute to the conversation.
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wait-and-see attitude

Fig. a skeptical attitude; an uncertain attitude in which someone will just wait to see what happens before reacting. John thought that Mary couldn't do it, but he took a wait-and-see attitude. His wait-and-see attitude seemed to indicate that he didn't really care what happened.
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with attitude

If you describe a thing as something or someone with attitude, you mean that they are more impressive or confident than a normal example of that thing. This is going to be sailing with attitude. Patti Smith and Janis Joplin were women with attitude and talent.
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strike a ˈpose/an ˈattitude

sit, stand or lie in a position in order to attract attention: He was striking a pose, leaning against the ship’s rail.
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n. a police officer’s nightstick; any club. Andy had a black attitude-adjuster hanging from his belt, and I wasn’t going to argue with him.

cop an attitude

tv. to take a negative or opposite attitude about something. (see also tude.) I think you’re copping an attitude. Not advised, dude. Not advised.
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pull an attitude

tv. to be haughty; to put on airs. Don’t pull an attitude with me, chum!
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Teachers should put on caps of teachers and must reflect professional attitude towards teaching profession.
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Another finding from our study is that female athletes have a positive attitude towards older people at a significantly higher level than men.
When the attitude scores towards the elderly were examined according to the type of family that the students live in, it is found that the attitudes towards the elderly are more positive than those who live in the fragmented family and those living in the core and wide family.
Reynolds and Walberg (1992) acknowledged as attitude had a significant force on educational attainment of students.
A number of studies document negative attitude of students and practitioners of education toward educational research (Levine, 2007).
There will be a negative correlation between religiosity and attitude towards transgender.
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University students who have interaction with mentally ill individuals have negative attitude toward them than university students who have not interacted with mentally ill individuals
Young university students (age = 18-20) have more positive attitude toward mentally ill individuals than middle (age = 21-25) and old aged (age = 26-30+) University students.
Think of the last store you went into--were you more forgiving of slight errors because of the attitude of the person serving you?
In a study conducted by Abidin, Mohammadi, &323 Alzwari (2012) on a secondary Libyan school to measure gender differences towards English, results showed that female students have higher positive attitude towards using English as opposed to males.
This type of attitude of students is the direct result from harsh corporal punishment and unsupportive learning environment where punishment is the norm.
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The mean scores for Positive attitude scale (PAS) and Negative attitude scale (NAS) of the medical students were 51.