To pop the question
Pop Pop, v. t. 1. To thrust or push suddenly; to offer suddenly; to bring suddenly and unexpectedly to notice; as, to pop one's head in at the door. [1913 Webster]

He popped a paper into his hand. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. To cause to pop; to cause to burst open by heat, as grains of Indian corn; as, to pop corn or chestnuts. [1913 Webster]

3. To eat or swallow; -- of food, especially snacks, in small pieces; as, he popped a whole can of peanuts while watching the movie. [PJC]

{To pop off}, (a) to thrust away, or put off promptly; as, to pop one off with a denial. --Locke. (b) to make a statement, or series of statements, forcefully and in an opinionated manner; as, he popped off about his dislike of modern art.

{To pop the question}, to make an offer of marriage to a lady. [Colloq.] --Dickens. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • pop the question — {v. phr.}, {slang} To ask someone to marry you. * /After the dance he popped the question./ * /A man is often too bashful to pop the question./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pop the question — {v. phr.}, {slang} To ask someone to marry you. * /After the dance he popped the question./ * /A man is often too bashful to pop the question./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pop\ the\ question — v. phr. slang To ask someone to marry you. After the dance he popped the question. A man is often too bashful to pop the question …   Словарь американских идиом

  • pop the question — informal to ask someone to marry you. So we were having dinner in this Italian restaurant and that s when he popped the question. Do you think he s going to pop the question then, Kath? …   New idioms dictionary

  • pop the question — When someone pops the question, they ask someone to marry them …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • pop the question —    When someone pops the question, they ask someone to marry them.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    When you ask someone to marry, you pop the question.     It was during a trip to Venice that he popped the question …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • pop the question — ask an important question, ask someone to marry you    In the old days, a man would buy the ring and then pop the question …   English idioms

  • pop the question —    to propose marriage    The question used to be asked by the male, and when popped related only to wedlock, in the days when there were still taboos about courtship and men were supposed to have honourable intentions:     Just heard yesterday… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • pop the question — verb to propose marriage. He took her to a fancy restaurant, bought her the most expensive thing on the menu, and popped the question …   Wiktionary

  • pop the question — ask someone to marry you He finally popped the question to her after they had been going out together for two years …   Idioms and examples

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