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[shair-krop] /ˈʃɛərˌkrɒp/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), sharecropped, sharecropping.
to farm as a sharecropper.
Origin of sharecrop
1865-70, Americanism; back formation from sharecropper Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for sharecropping
  • The post-war economy, based to a large extent on sharecropping, made little progress for many decades.
  • Between sharecropping for various local farmers and working in sawmills.
  • In a near-cashless society, money wages were soon discontinued, to be replaced by sharecropping arrangements.
  • While exploring the tobacco field, students compare and contrast sharecropping and convict lease.
  • sharecropping agreements with selected area farmers result in grain crops left in the field for wildlife use during winter months.
  • The farmer, who was sharecropping, was moving rolled hay from a field to a wagon in preparation for transportation to his farm.
  • However, in sharecropping situations, the relationship may be less clear.
  • As sharecropping declined in practice and families extended, people began to leave the river.
  • Rural police were also influenced by the wealthy in such industries as mining, sharecropping, and cattle ranching.
  • Some squatters have tried sharecropping with negligible results.
British Dictionary definitions for sharecropping


verb -crops, -cropping, -cropped
(mainly US) to cultivate (farmland) as a sharecropper
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sharecropping in Culture

sharecropping definition

A system of farming that developed in the South after the Civil War, when landowners, many of whom had formerly held slaves, lacked the cash to pay wages to farm laborers, many of whom were former slaves. The system called for dividing the crop into three shares — one for the landowner, one for the worker, and one for whoever provided seeds, fertilizer, and farm equipment.

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