take a pop at someone/something

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
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take a pop at someone/something


have a pop at someone/something

COMMON If you take a pop at someone or something or have a pop at them, you criticize them. Even his once loyal staff have started taking a pop at him in the press. When females gather together, they like to have a pop at us chaps.
See also: pop, someone, something, take
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