take a pop at
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take a pop at (someone or something)
1. To physically strike someone or attempt to do so. 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. 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."
take a pop at someoneand 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 cop—which was the wrong thing to do.