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it's/that's a fair cop

An admission of wrongdoing upon being caught. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. What can I say? It was a fair cop. They saw me dumping my rubbish right there in the alleyway.
See also: cop, fair
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it's a fair cop

an admission that the speaker has been caught doing wrong and deserves punishment.
See also: cop, fair
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it’s a fair ˈcop

(British English, spoken, humorous) used by somebody who is caught doing something wrong, to say that they admit that they are wrong: He just said, ‘it’s a fair cop’ and handed the bag to one of the policemen.
See also: cop, fair
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References in classic literature ?
It's a fair cop. We don't sweat to know 'ow you brung it orf.
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If you've been caught bang to rights, then you will probably grudgingly admit that it's a fair cop as you pay up.
Fair cop?Miners' leader Arthur Scargill was arrested during the lengthy strike
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Alfie Moore honed his comedic skills on BBC Radio 4, where he writes and performs his own prime-time comedy show, It's a Fair Cop
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It's a fair cop - they're not top-four boys while chained to the Europa treadmill.
A MAN who told police "it's a fair cop" when they found 28 cannabis plants growing in his home has been jailed for eight months.
A Fair Cop is very different, and the material here is an area of criminology that deserves to be widely known.
I will also not dwell on the fact that theft, no matter how small the item stolen is, is still a crime or that sometimes not every criminal says "It's a fair cop" and comes quietly.
HONOUR: Dawn French, right, and Jennifer Saunders FAIR COP: The Bill's Lisa Maxwell, left HALF A CENTURY ON: Sir David Attenborough, below left WELL DONE: Above from left, Kaya Scodelario and Hannah Murray pick up the Skins award, Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse, and the team from The Choir, Boys Don't Sing BURP: Harry Hill, left WELL DONE: Above from left, Kaya Scodelario and Hannah Murray pick up the Skins award, Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse, and the team from The Choir, Boys Don't Sing BURP: Harry Hill, left FAIR COP: The Bill's Lisa Maxwell, left HALF A CENTURY ON: Sir David Attenborough, below left
The final result of 4-2 was a fair cop for the Betel FC players who each have a "criminal record the length of your arm".
"It was a fair cop," said a spokesman for Durham Police.