cropper


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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.]

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

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]
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
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

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

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

cropper

[ˈkrɒpəʳ] n (fam) to come a cropper (fall badly) → fare un capitombolo; (fail completely) → fare fiasco
References in classic literature ?
Then he remembered the accounts of Berande, and the cropper that was coming, and scowled.
"Well, well: it's a pity she didn't go back before Beaufort's cropper," he repeated.
He wondered why he had come such a cropper. He had always tried to do what he thought best, and everything had gone wrong.
Lord Audley and the unknown knight struck each other fairly upon the helmet; but, while the stranger sat as firm and rigid as ever upon his charger, the Englishman was bent back to his horse's cropper by the weight of the blow, and had galloped half-way down the lists ere he could recover himself.
"The fact, man, the irrefragable fact!" he would proclaim triumphantly, when he had brought one of them a cropper. He bristled with facts.
He came a cropper, and the girl was left an orphan and penniless.
I used to have a billet at Coxon & Woodhouse's, of Draper's Gardens, but they were let in early in the spring through the Venezuelan loan, as no doubt you remember, and came a nasty cropper. I had been with them five years, and old Coxon gave me a ripping good testimonial when the smash came, but of course we clerks were all turned adrift, the twenty-seven of us.
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