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crop·per 1

A person who works land in return for a share of the yield; a sharecropper.

crop·per 2

1. A heavy fall; a tumble.
2. A disastrous failure; a fiasco.

[Perhaps from the phrase neck and crop, completely.]


1. (Agriculture) a person who cultivates or harvests a crop
2. (Mechanical Engineering)
a. a cutting machine for removing the heads from castings and ingots
b. a guillotine for cutting lengths of bar or strip
3. (Textiles) a machine for shearing the nap from cloth
4. (Agriculture) a plant or breed of plant that will produce a certain kind of crop under specified conditions: a poor cropper on light land.
5. (Breeds) (often capital) a variety of domestic pigeon with a puffed-out crop
6. come a cropper informal
a. to fall heavily
b. to fail completely


(ˈkrɒp ər)

1. one that crops.
2. a sharecropper.
3. a plant that furnishes a crop.
come a cropper,
a. to fail decisively: His deal came a cropper.
b. to fall headlong.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cropper - small farmers and tenantscropper - small farmers and tenants    
agricultural laborer, agricultural labourer - a person who tills the soil for a living


[ˈkrɒpəʳ] N
1. to come a cropper (= fall) → darse un batacazo, cazar la liebre; (= fail) [person] → llevarse una buena plancha or un buen planchazo; [project] → irse al garete
2. (Agr) → agricultor(a) m/f
see also sharecropper


[ˈkrɒpər] n
to come a cropper (= fall) → s'étaler (= fail) → se planter crop sprayer [ˈkrɒpspreɪər] n
(= device) → pulvérisateur m
(= plane) → avion-pulvérisateur mcrop spraying [ˈkrɒpspreɪɪŋ] npulvérisation f des culturescrop top npetit top m


(= person)Anbauer m; these plants are poor croppersdiese Pflanzen bringen nicht viel Ertrag
(Brit inf) to come a cropper (lit: = fall) → hinfliegen (inf); (fig: = fail) → auf die Nase fallen


[ˈkrɒpəʳ] n (fam) to come a cropper (fall badly) → fare un capitombolo; (fail completely) → fare fiasco
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