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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


(Journalism & Publishing) another name for popular5


(used with a sing. or pl. v.) a symphony orchestra specializing in popular and light classical music.


n (esp US inf) → Paps m (inf)
References in classic literature ?
Then suddenly they gave a shout, all together, and disappeared in a flash into their various houses, the tops of which closed with a series of pops that sounded like a bunch of firecrackers being exploded.
And just as zero pops up instead of the number, so does our affinity come along and upset all our preconceived notions of the type of girl we should like to marry.'
They pop up disturbingly when least expected, confusing the mind and altering pre-conceived opinions.
Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop, now resounded all over the valley.
"Now let's go into Pop Over's back yard and get the waffles."
The wife of Pop Over was several shades darker than her husband.
Yet what a piece of work a man makes of his first "pop." A boy popping his first question is confidence itself compared with him.
McGREGOR came up with a sieve, which he intended to pop upon the top of Peter; but Peter wriggled out just in time, leaving his jacket behind him.
"I only hope he is not unwell," said the house-dog; when, pop! he made a jump all on one side into the lap of the Princess, who was sitting on a little golden stool close by.
"For Heaven's sake, pop thy hands under the pump, Deb!
It was said that Pop Geers, the great racing driver, would himself be there.
A black body would pop out of the companion, bang would go Saxtorph's rifle, and down would go the black body.