Cop

sb. top, headVariants: coppe, dat., coppis, pl.
beware, take care. A contraction of Coprador.—Anglo-Indian.
to seize or lay hold of anything unpleasant; used in a similar sense to catch  in the phrase “to cop  (or catch) a beating.” “To get copt ,” is to be taken by the police. Probable contraction of Lat. capere.