- come a cropper, Informal.
- to fail; be struck by some misfortune: His big deal came a cropper.
- to fall headlong, especially from a horse.
Origin of cropper
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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.Libertarianism 3.0: Koch And A Smile
May 30, 2014
There is bound to come a cropper somewhere––usually where you least expect it.The Gorgeous Girl
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.The Pony Rider Boys in New Mexico
Frank Gee Patchin
Our favourite of all, was a large handsome pouter or cropper.Live Toys
Yes, he could be sure of that; I had come one cropper that day, and it was enough.The South Pole, Volumes 1 and 2
- a person who cultivates or harvests a crop
- a cutting machine for removing the heads from castings and ingots
- 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 conditionsa poor cropper on light land
- (often capital) a variety of domestic pigeon with a puffed-out crop
- come a cropper informal
- to fall heavily
- to fail completely