take a pop at


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take a pop at (someone or something)

1. To punch or attempt to strike someone or something. Primarily heard in UK. He wouldn't quit mouthing off, so I went over and took a pop at him. Jessie got so drunk that she actually took a pop at the statue on Main Street. I think she busted up her hand, too.
2. To criticize, mock, or deride someone or something. Primarily heard in UK. Everyone in the media likes to take pops at the senator's eccentric personality, but he actually has very sound political ideas. Mary's always taking a pop at me for dating a guy 10 years younger than me, but I think she's just secretly jealous.
3. To make an attempt at some activity. 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." Here is the math problem. Anyone want to take a pop at it?
See also: pop, take

take a pop at someone

 and take a poke at someone
to punch at someone. Willie took a pop at me, but I ducked. The drunk took a poke at the copwhich was the wrong thing to do.
See also: pop, take