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1Fall heavily.‘he came the most appalling cropper—I think he knocked himself out’
fall over, fall, topple over, tumble down, keel over, collapse, fall in a heap, trip, take a spill, stumble, staggerget into debt, get into arrears, default, be in the red, be late, be overduetopple over, tumble over, keel over, fall down, fall over, go head over heels, go end over end, fall headlong, go headlong, collapse, fall in a heap, take a spill, pitch forwardfail to meet, fail to reach, fail to live up toView synonyms
- ‘His task was made that bit easier when his nearest challenger came a cropper on the back straight.’
- ‘The day before he should have been in London to pick up an award for his stunning pile-up picture of cyclists coming a cropper in the Sydney Olympics.’
- ‘To-date motorists unlucky enough to have come a cropper on the spillages have, at least, survived the experience.’
- ‘True, he has, at times, come a cropper over fences but he had no difficulty handling the jumping last year.’
- ‘Mark came a cropper on the way down but luckily, the only thing damaged was his pride.’
- ‘Hopefully there will be no repeat of his first attempt over fences when he came a cropper.’
- ‘It is a tricky exit, there are two steps and it is steep and I've almost come a cropper down it several times,’ he added.’
- 1.1Suffer a defeat or disaster.‘the club's challenge for the championship has come a cropper’
- ‘A set of corrective measures must be put in place quickly if the government is not to come a cropper.’
- ‘Airport transfers have been the cause of many a DIY holiday coming a cropper.’
- ‘If you have opted for 100 per cent exposure to say, the Japanese equity market, this is clearly a high-risk bet for your retirement - which could easily come a cropper.’
- ‘Some apple and kiwfruit growers are facing big income drops this year as marketers have come a cropper in Europe and America.’
- ‘Sri Lanka had looked good in the tournament so far, but they came a cropper today.’
- ‘Then he will increase the bet and while lucky sometimes, he's come a cropper lately.’
- ‘Having excelled at the Commonwealth championship, the women came a cropper in Canada, failing to win a single medal.’
- ‘All of them came a cropper against more powerful and better prepared rivals.’
- ‘Once you turn the political contest into a strict test of personal character and behaviour, even the apparently most strait-laced leader is likely to come a cropper in the end.’
- ‘The director said the film had earlier come a cropper in India due to poor marketing.’
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