cropper
I. noun Date: 15th century 1. one that crops 2. one that raises crops; specifically sharecropper II. noun Etymology: probably from English dialect crop neck, from 1crop Date: 1850 1. a severe fall 2. a sudden or violent failure or collapse

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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

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