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plea/ˈpliː/noun
pluralpleas
plea
/ˈpliː/
noun
pluralpleas
Learner's definition of PLEA  
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: a serious and emotional request for something — often + for
law 
: a statement in which a person who has been accused of a crime says in court that he or she is guilty or not guilty of the crime
   b  : a statement in which a person says that he or she is guilty of a particular crime : a plea of guilty
   c  : a reason or excuse for committing a crime

cop a plea

— see 2cop
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