take a pop at someone/something

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take a pop at (someone or something)

1. To physically strike someone. Primarily heard in UK. Stay away from that rival gang—those guys will definitely take a pop at you.
2. To criticize, judge, or disapprove of someone (for something). Primarily heard in UK. My parents have taken a pop at me for my decision to study art in college, instead of law or medicine. I just know my boss is going to take a pop at me for that accounting error I made last week.
3. To try to do something. Primarily heard in UK. A: "Do you want to try driving my car, to see how you like it?" B: "Yeah, sure, I'll take a pop at it."
See also: pop, take

take a pop at someone/something

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have a pop at someone/something

BRITISH, JOURNALISM, INFORMAL
COMMON If you take a pop at someone or something or have a pop at them, you criticize them. Even his once loyal staff have started taking a pop at him in the press. When females gather together, they like to have a pop at us chaps.
See also: pop, someone, something, take