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[krop-er] /ˈkrɒp ər/
a person or thing that crops.
a person who raises a crop.
a person who cultivates land for its owner in return for part of the crop; sharecropper.
a plant that furnishes a crop.
a cloth-shearing machine.
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 of cropper
First recorded in 1475-85; crop + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • There is bound to come a cropper somewhere––usually where you least expect it.

    The Gorgeous Girl

    Nalbro Bartley
  • A horseman had come a cropper a little distance down the lane.

    The Hero of Garside School

    J. Harwood Panting
  • He'll be redheaded if he knows I am to blame for his coming a cropper.

  • Our favourite of all, was a large handsome pouter or cropper.

    Live Toys

    Emma Davenport
  • Yes, he could be sure of that; I had come one cropper that day, and it was enough.

  • There would be no second chance if you came a cropper the first time.

    Outwitting the Hun Pat O'Brien
  • But as long as I had to come a cropper, why, I'm glad it was for no one less wonderful than you.

    The Seven Darlings Gouverneur Morris
  • Once he had had great expectations, but alas!dad had just come a cropper.

    Nothing But the Truth Frederic S. Isham
  • Stella nodded, "I came a cropper over Marian," Julian explained.

    The Second Fiddle Phyllis Bottome
British Dictionary definitions for cropper


a person who cultivates or harvests a crop
  1. a cutting machine for removing the heads from castings and ingots
  2. a guillotine for cutting lengths of bar or strip
a machine for shearing the nap from cloth
a plant or breed of plant that will produce a certain kind of crop under specified conditions: a poor cropper on light land
(often capital) a variety of domestic pigeon with a puffed-out crop
(informal) come a cropper
  1. to fall heavily
  2. to fail completely
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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