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come a cropper

1. informal To fall down. Primarily heard in UK. These shoes are too big and caused me to come a cropper as I was walking down the street.
2. informal To fail completely. Primarily heard in Australia. Once heralded as a future star of the tech world, Shane came a cropper when his product proved to be a dud.
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come a cropper

Fig. to have a misfortune; to fail. (Meaning 'fall off one's horse.') Bob invested all his money in the stock market just before it fell. Boy, did he come a cropper. Jane was out all night before she took her final. She really came a cropper.
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come a cropper

BRITISH, INFORMAL
COMMON
1. If someone comes a cropper, they suffer a sudden and embarrassing failure. Ferguson came a cropper when the economy collapsed. Scott must concentrate on learning his new trade. He will come a cropper if he thinks he knows it all before he starts. Banks dabbling in industry can easily come a cropper.
2. If you come a cropper, you accidentally fall and hurt yourself. She came a cropper on the last fence. I came a cropper on a patch of ice just outside my house. Note: `Cropper' may come from the expression `to fall neck and crop', meaning to fall heavily. A bird's `crop' is a pouch in its throat where it keeps food before digesting it.
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come a cropper

To fail utterly.
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come a-cropper

To fail badly. “Cropper” comes from a horse's croup or crupper, the part of the animal's back behind the saddle. Someone who parted company from his horse (an involuntary dismount, so to speak) was said to fall “neck and crop.” That became “come a-cropper,” first appearing in the foxhunting author Robert S. Surtees' 1858 novel Ask Mamma: [He] “rode at an impracticable fence, and got a cropper for his pains.” The phrase was picked up and applied to any misadventure, equestrian or otherwise.
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