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cropper

[krop-er] /ˈkrɒp ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that crops.
2.
a person who raises a crop.
3.
a person who cultivates land for its owner in return for part of the crop; sharecropper.
4.
a plant that furnishes a crop.
5.
a cloth-shearing machine.
Idioms
6.
come a cropper, Informal.
  1. to fail; be struck by some misfortune:
    His big deal came a cropper.
  2. to fall headlong, especially from a horse.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; crop + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for come a cropper

cropper

/ˈkrɒpə/
noun
1.
a person who cultivates or harvests a crop
2.
  1. a cutting machine for removing the heads from castings and ingots
  2. a guillotine for cutting lengths of bar or strip
3.
a machine for shearing the nap from cloth
4.
a plant or breed of plant that will produce a certain kind of crop under specified conditions: a poor cropper on light land
5.
(often capital) a variety of domestic pigeon with a puffed-out crop
6.
(informal) come a cropper
  1. to fall heavily
  2. to fail completely
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Slang definitions & phrases for come a cropper

come a cropper

verb phrase
  1. To take a sudden violent fall
  2. To fail; suffer a setback

[1870s+; origin uncertain; perhaps fr a British dialect word crop, ''neck'']


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