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pop 1

v. popped, pop·ping, pops
1. To make a short, sharp, explosive sound.
2. To burst open with a short, sharp, explosive sound.
3. To move quickly or unexpectedly; appear abruptly: At last the cottage popped into view.
4. To open wide suddenly: The child's eyes popped with astonishment.
5. To have the eustachian tubes open suddenly, equalizing pressure on both sides of the eardrum in response to changes in atmospheric pressure, as in a descending airplane: After I swallowed, my ears popped.
6. Baseball To hit a short high fly ball, especially one that can be caught by an infielder: popped out to shortstop.
7. To shoot a firearm, such as a pistol.
a. To be exciting: a club that really pops at night.
b. To be visually striking: a logo that really pops.
1. To cause to make a sharp bursting sound.
2. To cause to open with a sharp bursting sound: popped the hood of the car to check the oil.
3. To cause to explode with a sharp bursting sound: popped the balloon.
4. To put or thrust suddenly or unexpectedly: "popping a crisp plump shrimp into her mouth" (Kathleen Winsor).
a. To discharge (a firearm).
b. To fire at; shoot.
6. To hit or strike: popped me on the head.
7. Baseball To hit (a ball) high in the air but not far.
8. To release (a clutch) suddenly.
9. Slang
a. To take (drugs), especially orally: "To calm a case of the jitters ... the bride popped Valium" (People).
b. To have (a drink): popped a few beers after work.
10. Slang To take into legal custody; arrest: "Her friend was visiting and got popped for a DUI while he was driving her car" (Jamie Harrison).
1. A sudden sharp, explosive sound.
2. A shot with a firearm.
3. Chiefly Midwestern US See soft drink. See Note at tonic.
4. Baseball A pop fly.
1. With a popping sound.
2. Abruptly or unexpectedly.
Phrasal Verbs:
pop for
Informal To pay for: I'll pop for the video if you buy some snacks.
pop in (or by)
Informal To visit briefly: just popped in to say hello.
pop off Informal
1. To leave abruptly or hurriedly.
2. To die suddenly.
3. To speak thoughtlessly in a burst of released anger.
a pop
Slang Apiece; each: Tickets to the benefit were $100 a pop.
pop the question Informal
To propose marriage.

[Middle English poppen, from pop, a blow, stroke, of imitative origin.]

pop 2

n. Informal

[Short for papa.]

pop 3

 (pŏp) Informal
1. Of or for the general public; popular or popularized: pop culture; pop psychology.
2. Of, relating to, or specializing in popular music: a pop singer.
3. Of or suggestive of pop art: a pop style.
1. Popular music.
2. Pop art.

[Short for popular.]


1. Computers point of presence
2. point of purchase
3. proof of purchase
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pop the question

To ask someone to marry you.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.pop the question - ask (someone) to marry you; "he popped the question on Sunday night"; "she proposed marriage to the man she had known for only two months"; "The old bachelor finally declared himself to the young woman"
request - ask (a person) to do something; "She asked him to be here at noon"; "I requested that she type the entire manuscript"
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References in classic literature ?
"I am sure he will to-night, dear," Amelia said, as she pressed Rebecca's hand; and Sedley, too, had communed with his soul, and said to himself, "'Gad, I'll pop the question at Vauxhall."
Scotland fanatic Joseph Smith, from Missouri, got down on one knee to pop the question to Amber Franz.
The 33-year-old had no idea her 32-year-old partner was going to pop the question - in a moment captured on video - as the superstar was mid-set on Wednesday night.
While one commented: "Congratulations to you both I knew @jakehall was going to pop the question! @missebeqiri I'm so so happy for you beautiful."
The 27-year-old pulled off a very public proposal for his lady love of six years as he went down on one knee in a jam-packed cinema hall in Melbourne to pop the question and she said yes.
Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre manager, Ellen Richards, said: "Whether you area passionate boater or just passionate, we think Standedge Tunnel offers a unique opportunity to pop the question to your loved one.
The man of mystery with the strange accent plucks up the courage to ask Ron to be his wife and even has Dot's old engagement ring ready to pop the question. Aah, bless 'im.
As if making it known to public was not announcing the certainty of marriage, the pop singer had already been telling to her friends that her boyfriend is soon to pop the question and she would undauntedly give that sweet "yes" to him.
Sam Sheppard was so disappointed by her boyfriend's attempt to ask her to be his wife, she has launched her own business advising men on how to pop the question.
Bashful men get help on how to pop the question irishsundaymirror@mgn.ie IRISHMEN are becoming more romantic than ever when it comes to proposing marriage.
ROMANTIC girlfriends who plan to pop the question to their loved one on February 29 are being encouraged to hold their weddings in Northumberland.