not much cop

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not much cop

Not very good; not noteworthy or exceptional at all. Primarily heard in UK. I was really looking forward to the film, but it was not much cop, I'm afraid. I just wasn't much cop as an accountant, so I packed up my career and spent a year travelling abroad.
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not much cop

BRITISH, INFORMAL
If someone or something is not much cop, they are of poor quality or not good at something. I gather her latest album isn't much cop. Just as he lacks any genuine talent for public speaking, so he's not much cop as a writer, either. Note: In early twentieth century slang, `cop' meant `value' or `use'.
See also: cop, much, not

not much cop

not very good. British informal
Cop is used here in the sense of ‘an acquisition’.
1998 Spectator Suddenly everyone has noticed that the rest of her album…isn't actually much cop after all.
See also: cop, much, not

not much ˈcop

(British English, slang) not very good: ‘What do you think of the book?’ ‘It’s not much cop, really.’
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