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come a cropper

1. slang 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. slang To fail completely. Primarily heard in UK. 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

1 fall heavily. 2 suffer a defeat or disaster. informal
Sense 1 appears to have originated in mid 19th-century hunting jargon, and possibly came from the phrase neck and crop meaning ‘bodily’ or ‘completely’.
2 1980 Shirley Hazzard The Transit of Venus He had seen how people came a cropper by giving way to impulse.
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come a ˈcropper

(British English, informal)
1 fall (to the ground): Pete came a cropper on his motorbike and ended up in hospital.
2 fail badly, usually when you are expected to do well: She’s so confident she’ll pass her exams without doing any work, but I’ve got a feeling she’s going to come a real cropper.
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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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Julie Hesmondhalgh as Hayley Cropper with David Neilson as Roy
"The decision to hang up Hayley's red anorak was a tough one, but doing the play made me realise that there's life in the old dog yet and that there are other things I want to try." Julie joined the show in 1998 and quickly won the hearts of the nation - and of cafe owner Roy Cropper, played by David Neilson.
Last night Mr Cropper's second cousin, Ormskirk councillor William Cropper, of Gorsuch Lane, Scarisbrick, said: ``It is a tragedy.
(38.) Dale Rosen, "The Alabama Share Croppers Union," March 1969, 89, file 2A, reel 13, Johnson Papers.
Today the Croppers has an extensive menu and six en-suite rooms, but retains an excellent selection of hand-pumped ales and a weekly quiz night to keep the regulars happy.
Agard, from Maitagual, San Juan, is the great-grandson of Mrs Lee and the grand-nephew of Mr Cropper and Ms Pearson, who lived in Northwich, Cheshire during the 1980s and worked as a Granada Television reporter.
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The inspector says the proposal would cause "serious harm to the appearance and character of the area and the setting of the adjacent listed building" - Croppers Arms pub.
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Tracy, played by Kate Ford, will be seen sobbing after she eventually hands the tot over after taking pounds 25,000 from the Croppers.
Maeve Larkin's brand new script weaves together the stories of the Luddites and the mill owners, the inventors and the croppers; spinning a yarn as richly colourful as only Mikron can.
In one scene, when she is alone, Steve calls and Tracy confesses about the deal with the Croppers and that she is also secretly married to Roy.
Spen Valley Civic Society is inviting artists to come up with ideas for a two-metre high landmark as a fitting memorial to the croppers and other textile workers who fought for their livelihoods.
The Croppers refuse to abandon their plans and land Tracey with the ultimatum.