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crop·per 1

 (krŏp′ər)
n.
A person who works land in return for a share of the yield; a sharecropper.

crop·per 2

 (krŏp′ər)
n.
1. A heavy fall; a tumble.
2. A disastrous failure; a fiasco.

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

(ˈkrɒpə)
n
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
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crop•per

(ˈkrɒp ər)

n.
1. one that crops.
2. a sharecropper.
3. a plant that furnishes a crop.
Idioms:
come a cropper,
a. to fail decisively: His deal came a cropper.
b. to fall headlong.
[1475–85]
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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
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Translations

cropper

[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
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

cropper

[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
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

cropper

n
(= 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
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

cropper

[ˈkrɒpəʳ] n (fam) to come a cropper (fall badly) → fare un capitombolo; (fail completely) → fare fiasco
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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PORTSMOUTH know they have to stay focused in Portugal tonight after almost coming a cropper against Braga's neighbours Vitoria Guimaraes in the UEFA Cup first round - despite building a 2-0 lead in the home leg.
COMING A CROPPER? 2001 Hayley's arrested protecting Wayne from abusive father 2003 Tracy Barlow tries to blackmail Croppers claiming Roy had fathered her child 2007 Hayley tracks down her son Christian, who rejects her and heads abroad 2010 Law change means the Croppers' union can be officially recognised
AIRBUS UK Broughton will be anxious to avoid coming a cropper when they journey to Cymru Alliance side Guilsfield today.