come cropper

cropper

[krop-er]
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.
a.
to fail; be struck by some misfortune: His big deal came a cropper.
b.
to fall headlong, especially from a horse.

Origin:
1475–85; crop + -er1

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cropper (ˈkrɒpə)
 
n
1.  a person who cultivates or harvests a crop
2.  a.  a cutting machine for removing the heads from castings and ingots
 b.  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
 a.  to fall heavily
 b.  to fail completely

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