cop onto

cop onto (something)

slang To learn or understand something. Thanks for explaining that concept to me—I think I'm copping onto it now.
See also: cop
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

cop onto something

Sl. to understand or become aware of something. I think I'm copping onto the significance of this at last. Try to cop onto what I'm saying, Otto.
See also: cop
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"The Neomorph, in a way, is the first generation of an alien but it needs a human life form to cop onto and, if you like, mix with, copulate with."
"If we don't cop onto this from a health point of view then maybe the fact of the calories might help drive the point home."
Two spare 13-round magazines on the duty belt sent the cop onto the street with 40.45-caliber cartridges.
Why has it taken this long to cop onto the idea that somebody should be footing the bill for all of this - namely those who are using it!
"I had three young kids so I thought I better cop onto myself.