There are exceptions, of course, particularly for terms used by the brass and the grunts, such as SNAFU and FUBAR.
As for COP, it appears that it derives from the English word "copper," meaning "someone who captures." The OED claims that term cop meaning 'to capture' shows up in 1704, more than a century before Peel established the first modern police force.
Listen, I got copper, but I tried brass first, and honestly, it's such a simple alloy, it should count.
I took me a few times of reading your sentence that you meant that it meant something else too (I thought huh how do you mean wrong, that is correct). Like raising children, i would have never thought of that.
I tried clock first too, and it isnt that obscure, because english isnt even my first language...
To clock is more like to have noticed, like i've seen it, check. You can clock a car that follows you. Or snipers in a building. So taking in the surroundings and noticing some important stuff. That is the best way I can describe it. (I guess it is originally from clocking the time on a stopwatch for a car doing a lap, as there too it has a sense of "caught" you caught the time)
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