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1. To adjust the borders of an image (often a photograph) so that someone or something is removed from it. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "crop" and "out." I think the picture will look better if you crop out those trashcans in the background. Wow, I look terrible in that photo. Please crop me out!
2. To become exposed or reach the surface, as of a physical object. Look at this layer of rock that has cropped out!
3. By extension, to become overt or noticeable, as of an emotion or concept. I knew my fears would crop out before I could actually jump from the plane.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
crop someone or something out
[for a photographer] to cut or trim out someone or something from a photograph. The photographer cropped Mr. Jones out of the picture. See if you can crop out the ugly fence at the side of the house.
to appear on the surface; [for something] to reveal itself in the open; to begin to show above the surface. A layer of rock cropped out at the edges of the desert.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Rise to the surface, become visible or evident, as in These superstitions crop out time and again. This term originated in mining, where a stratum or vein of ore is said to crop out when it comes to the surface. [Mid-1800s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.