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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.
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.
4. Baseball A pop fly.
1. With a popping sound.
2. Abruptly or unexpectedly.
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 InformalIdioms:
1. To leave abruptly or hurriedly.
2. To die suddenly.
3. To speak thoughtlessly in a burst of released anger.
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.]
[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.
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|Verb||1.||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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