PHRASE: V inflectsIf you say that someone has come a cropper, you mean that they have had an unexpected and embarrassing failure. [INFORMAL]
Several companies that made use of elastic accounting practices have since come a cropper.
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cropper — ► NOUN 1) a plant which yields a specified crop. 2) a machine or person that cuts or trims something. 3) chiefly US a person who raises a crop, especially as a sharecropper. ● come a cropper Cf. ↑come a cropper … English terms dictionary
cropper — [kräp′ər] n. 1. a person or thing that crops 2. a machine or workman that cuts or shears leather, nap from cloth, etc. 3. a sharecropper 4. a plant that yields a crop 5. [< ? phr. neck and crop] a precipitate fall: now chiefly in COME A… … English World dictionary
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cropper — noun a) a fall; see come a cropper But to myself I thought: ‘Considering that for eight whole years I sat on the front bench as top of the class while he drifted about somewhere in the middle, he can hardly fail to nourish a wish, left over from… … Wiktionary
cropper — come a cropper BrE informal a) to fail in something, especially unexpectedly: I came a cropper on the last question in the test. b) to accidentally fall onto the ground from a horse or bicycle: Jimmy came a cropper as he turned the corner … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
cropper — n. a crop producing plant of specified quality (a good cropper; a heavy cropper). Phrases and idioms: come a cropper sl. 1 fall heavily. 2 fail badly … Useful english dictionary
cropper — /krop euhr/, n. 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. 6. come a… … Universalium
Cropper — This unusual and interesting name is of early medieval origin and is generally an occupational surname for a picker of fruit or vegetables or a reaper of corn. The derivation is from the Olde English pre 7th Century word cropp meaning swelling ,… … Surnames reference
cropper — n. failure to come a cropper ( to fail ) * * * [ krɒpə] [ failure ] to come a cropper ( to fail ) … Combinatory dictionary