- to fail; be struck by some misfortune: His big deal came a cropper.
- to fall headlong, especially from a horse.
Examples from the Web for cropper
Despite some electoral successes, these efforts have largely come a cropper, especially with the defeat of Mitt Romney in 2012.
I came on her here when she had ridden her horse half to death and they had both come a cropper.The Shuttle|Frances Hodgson Burnett
Do you know, I fancy the Frenches have come rather a cropper to-day.The Land of Strong Men|Arthur M. Chisholm
Why he only had two stumbles, and one cropper, doing his three hundred yards this morning.
British Dictionary definitions for cropper
- a cutting machine for removing the heads from castings and ingots
- a guillotine for cutting lengths of bar or strip
- to fall heavily
- to fail completely