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cop a plea (informal) to plead guilty to a lesser charge in order to avoid trial on the original charge.
plea bargaining a pretrial negotiation in which a defendant agrees to plead guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for the state's dropping a more serious charge.
plea-bargain to engage in bargaining that results or may result in a defendant's pleading guilty to a lesser charge rather than being tried on a more serious one.