Main definitions of pop in English

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verb

  • 1Make or cause to make a light explosive sound:

    [no object] ‘corks popped and glasses tinkled’
    [with object] ‘teenagers were popping balloons with darts’
    • ‘Several bones popped, protesting the sudden movement after being stationary for so long.’
    • ‘They find high emotional drama in balloons expanding and potentially popping.’
    • ‘But you could hear all the corks popping as guests felt slightly more comfortable about imbibing a tipple or two.’
    • ‘He was trying to eat dinner - trying because these balloons were popping, quite loudly, every five minutes.’
    • ‘Evan wrestled with the wires and the cork popped leaving a spray of wine in its wake.’
    • ‘I felt and probably looked like a balloon under pressure, about to pop if anything else filled my head.’
    • ‘But they know that although champagne corks may be popping in the boardrooms, there is little to celebrate around the kitchen table.’
    • ‘In the meantime, here's how to keep your cork from popping before the glasses are chilled.’
    • ‘We ran in and rushed around popping all the balloons!’
    • ‘All of a sudden there was a popping, it sounded like champagne popping.’
    • ‘Champagne corks were popping in unison with the fireworks as people celebrated.’
    • ‘His fists tightened until his knuckles popped and the girls' eyes widened.’
    • ‘The waitstaff stops mid-clap and looks as if someone had just popped all their balloons.’
    • ‘She added that fuses popped regularly and water had been seeping down the walls of their home.’
    • ‘Democratization there is in its very, very early stages, and could pop like a balloon.’
    • ‘At about 3: 30 the following morning Kathy is woken up by popping sounds resembling small explosions.’
    • ‘Seems he was at a kids party where the balloons popped and scared the life out of him!’
    • ‘Normal spinal joints often make popping sounds when the joint surfaces are forcefully separated by manipulation.’
    • ‘The drama for residents in nearby Bole Foot began at around 2am as they heard a series of loud bangs - caused by tyres bursting in the heat and air bags popping.’
    • ‘When the flash bulbs began popping, one wondered who was more charmed - the children, the artiste or the cameras.’
    go bang, go off with a bang, go off, crack, snap, burst, explode
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    1. 1.1[no object] (of a person's ears) make a small popping sound within the head as pressure is equalized, typically because of a change of altitude:
      ‘my ears popped in the lift’
      • ‘My ears seemed to pop and then I couldn't hear what anyone was saying.’
      • ‘Instantly his ears popped, and the pressure drained out of his head in a dizzying rush.’
      • ‘Ian's head smacked against the bottom of the dashboard and his ears popped from the momentary change in air pressure.’
      • ‘My ears popped as the doors slid open and I looked around.’
      • ‘By carrying them in my handbag, I can also use them in the plane if the noise gets too much, or if the pressure makes my ears pop.’
      • ‘All the while the water pressed against my temples and I thought that very soon my ears would pop.’
      • ‘My ears pop, as if submerging in water then resurfacing.’
      • ‘She chewed her sour apple gum furiously as the plane took off to help her ears pop.’
      • ‘At approximately 3,500m altitude, my ears pop, and the mild breeze filtering into the car becomes a cold torrent, and the ascent suddenly increases.’
      • ‘Toss in the effects of high altitude and make sure to listen closely to your ears popping, because that may be the last sound you hear.’
      • ‘Every now and then my ears would pop with the pressure, despite us having all our windows on the leeward side of the house open.’
      • ‘I remember my ears popping as we rode the elevators to the top.’
      • ‘Jenn chewed her gum as the plane landed so her ears wouldn't pop.’
      • ‘‘We were so deeply underground, my ears were popping,’ the MP wrote last August.’
      • ‘I wake about an hour later with my ears popping, to discover to my delight, that out of the window as far as the eye can see is pure, white, unadulterated snow.’
      • ‘Rising from the coal rich plains of Shanxi Province, the mountain is accessed by a snaking road which makes the ears pop at every turn.’
      • ‘My ears pop at the change in pressure, so I stick my finger in one and rub it.’
      • ‘The last thing she heard before her ears popped was his voice.’
      • ‘This is one of the fastest lifts in Europe, apparently, and as we shot up to the top we could all feel our ears popping.’
      • ‘Such was the pressure difference from top to bottom, your ears would pop and you'd get a nosebleed.’
    2. 1.2[with object] Heat (popcorn or another foodstuff) until it bursts open:
      ‘the hot-air popper pops 4 quarts of popcorn in 5 minutes’
      • ‘Place the cumin seeds in a frying pan and heat until they start to pop and their aroma is distinctive.’
      • ‘Every time I have a rough day, she pops popcorn and puts the movie on and quotes all the memorable parts.’
      • ‘After Haley and I put on our pajamas, I popped some popcorn, grabbed some drinks and candy and met her back in the living room.’
      • ‘Sam was in the kitchen, popping popcorn by the smells of it.’
      • ‘Whether your taste runs to Terminator or to Titanic, it's time to set up the plush seats, pop the popcorn, and turn up the volume.’
      • ‘We talked for a while, she had popped some popcorn and was watching tv.’
      • ‘It's really good, you pop popcorn, and mix melted butter with sugar.’
      • ‘Half way through, Crystal had popped popcorn, which Danielle ate like sweet candy.’
      • ‘They popped popcorn and sat on the floor, all of them wrapped up in a blanket together.’
      • ‘Upon returning to Heather's house, we went into her kitchen and raided it for chocolate and popped popcorn.’
      • ‘The both of us went to the kitchen to pop some popcorn.’
      • ‘I do not want to even write about those boring details like how they popped popcorn or how they washed all the dishes and cleaned their house.’
      • ‘All the recipes I follow tell you to pop the popcorn in a pot with oil and plain popcorn kernels.’
      • ‘‘Deal,’ Aimée said with a grin and went into the kitchen to feed her yapping dog and pop some popcorn.’
      • ‘Ashlee popped some popcorn and sat down with her friends, thankful she had finished her homework while Sean and Matt were in detention.’
      • ‘He got us a couple of Cokes, popped some popcorn, and then suggested we go up to his room.’
      • ‘While I was waiting, I popped some popcorn and checked the fridge.’
      • ‘Now, go pick up those flicks, pop some popcorn, and get started on making your own life an award-winning romantic comedy!’
      • ‘It's probably been a few months since I've heard the ching! of a toaster telling me my toast is done, or the annoying beep of a microwave after it pops my popcorn.’
      • ‘One of the six ways to pop popcorn is with hot air.’
  • 2[no object, with adverbial of direction] Go somewhere for a short time, often without notice:

    ‘she popped in to see if she could help’
    • ‘The shop is poorly run, inadequately stocked, with indifferent staff, but you can at least pop in and out within five minutes.’
    • ‘Within minutes he popped back in the room with three cans of paint and some brushes.’
    • ‘My lovely friend Jane G has just popped in to work to see me.’
    • ‘Anyhow, I welcome any readers that popped in here for a look at that post yesterday and decided to stick around.’
    • ‘Joel himself popped in a few moments after, but I hardly noticed.’
    • ‘This is a joke I often make when I pop next door for a Christmas drink or something.’
    • ‘They popped in to see me and introduce themselves.’
    • ‘Other times he'd leave and pop back in within minutes.’
    • ‘When we popped in to see how things are going, there were half a dozen former regulars of the newly-refurbished Walker's Bar in there too.’
    • ‘They want a copy of my eyesight prescription, so I popped over to my opticians in Farnham this afternoon.’
    • ‘If you can't pop along to a pressure station there are lots of places where you can get your blood pressure checked.’
    • ‘When I popped in last night to check how he's doing I noticed that his bed, computer and CD player are in one small corner of the room.’
    • ‘On Thursday night, she had dinner at The Restaurant on John Dalton Street, where Fran from Travis popped in for a bite.’
    • ‘The Minister also popped in to meet the staff and students at Horsforth School during a busy return trip to West Yorkshire.’
    • ‘He had just been released by first club Motherwell which he joined as a teenager after Alex McLeish popped round to the house one night.’
    • ‘A fortnight ago, I had to unexpectedly pop home from the office.’
    • ‘For desert, pop next door to the Veggie House for the best bubble tea in the city.’
    • ‘All of a sudden, the door bursts open and Maggie pops in.’
    • ‘We popped next door to the hairdresser.’
    • ‘I popped into the supermarket with the hope of being out again within a few minutes, only to be held captive on the car park due to the complicated road system.’
    go, drop by, drop in, drop into, drop round, stop by, visit
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    1. 2.1[with object and adverbial of direction] Put or move (something) somewhere quickly:
      ‘she popped a pen into her pocket’
      • ‘I popped in my contacts, wore my best underwear underneath jeans and a t-shirt and met him downtown at a bar.’
      • ‘He took a quick look and popped the ball over with ease.’
      • ‘The door opened and Kelley popped his head into the room.’
      • ‘Wipe the goose dry, remove the giblets and pop the lemon and herbs inside.’
      • ‘I popped my head up quickly and looked at Leon who was standing outside of the passenger side door.’
      • ‘Carter volleyed Carlton into the lead with what looked to be the winner with two minutes remaining but there was still time for Mark Andrews to pop in an equaliser.’
      • ‘Katie and Matt were boring me this morning, so I popped in a DVD for distraction and watched him get plowed while lying in a sink.’
      • ‘I am proud of my first attempt at real Italian cooking for the simple reason that it did not involve opening jars of ready-made sauce and popping garlic bread in the oven.’
      • ‘As she popped a slice of leftover pizza into the microwave for breakfast, she heard a car pull up in the driveway.’
      • ‘He smacks his lips and pops another few berries into his mouth, clearly relishing their taste and their effect.’
      • ‘Johansson popped in the aces, 17 of them in all, and Hewitt did the rest.’
      • ‘During this part of the cooking I had popped a dish in the microwave and left it on full power for 2 minutes.’
      • ‘All you have to do is pop the disc into the tray of the CD-ROM drive of your home computer and wait a few seconds.’
      • ‘I shook my head, and popped an orange slice in my mouth.’
      • ‘The chicken breasts can be stuffed in advance and popped in the steamer when you get in from work.’
      • ‘Closing my eyes, I opened my mouth and popped the morsel of food into my mouth.’
      • ‘Quinn suddenly popped his head through a door, his blonde hair falling loosely into his eyes.’
      • ‘And if you're not up to cooking a casserole, pop some part-made bread from the supermarket in the oven to get those home-made smells going.’
      • ‘She popped on reading glasses as she nestled on a wrought iron garden swing, flanked by her children, and began reading from the book.’
      • ‘Ages later a nurse suddenly popped her head around the door and beckoned me.’
      put, place, slip, slide, push, stick, rest, deposit, set, lay, settle, locate, install, drop, shove, hang, position, arrange
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    2. 2.2North American [with object] Release, open, or engage (something) quickly or suddenly:
      ‘he pulled a can of beer from the refrigerator and popped its tab’
      • ‘That meant seeds had to be popped from the dried grapes or raisins - a task made easier by many hands.’
      • ‘James hopped in and popped the passenger door open for her.’
      • ‘After a hearty lunch, I had to pop my top button open.’
      • ‘She placed her briefcase on her desk and popped it open.’
      • ‘Angie touched the locket, popping it open to see the upside down photo of Chad.’
      • ‘She lifted it up and popped it open, providing some shelter.’
      • ‘Brian moved out from the kitchen, popping the tab on a can of pop and nudging Katie.’
      • ‘Tearing the cellophane off of the CD, she popped it open and inserted it into the boom box, hitting play and cranking it.’
      • ‘He also popped the window open a few times to drag on a cigarette.’
      • ‘He watched as she moved quickly toward her briefcase and popped the latch.’
      • ‘Kevin opened up the refrigerator, popped the milk container open, and drank straight from the carton.’
      • ‘She quickly popped the lid and poured a couple of Advil's into her hand.’
      • ‘In the middle was a long rectangular table, and he planted the briefcase on the table, and popped it open.’
      • ‘After a struggle, she got the bag of chips open and popped the tab on her soda.’
      • ‘Leaning in over the door, I played for a long moment with the idea of wiring the old girl and taking her for a spin, but settled for popping the hood release.’
      • ‘I throw a suitcase on the bed and pop it open, and begin to stuff clothes into drawers and hang them in the wardrobe.’
      • ‘He got up and took out another bottle of wine from the fridge and popped it open.’
      • ‘She went to the trunk and popped it open, placing Adrianne's bags into the back.’
      • ‘She handed us both a beer, we popped it open and started talking.’
      • ‘I grabbed another soda from the six pack and popped it open.’
  • 3[no object] (of a person's eyes) open wide and appear to bulge, especially with surprise:

    ‘the man's eyes popped in disbelief’
    • ‘My eyes popped open and I nearly screamed out loud at what I saw.’
    • ‘As she was doing this, her eyes popped open, and she looked at the other girl as her memory suddenly returned.’
    • ‘He gave a shrill cry of pain as his eyes popped open wide.’
    • ‘Her eyes were popping and her mouth was agape in horror.’
    • ‘Lindsey's eyes popped open and she stared in horror at Kevin.’
    • ‘There is another aspect that really had my eyes popping.’
    • ‘Logan's eyes popped open and he jumped up into a fighting position.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, I was clutching the side of the ride, nostrils flaring, eyes popping, and lips flapping unceremoniously.’
    • ‘When I saw the ad on TV for the championship, my eyes popped open.’
    • ‘I was confused for a second, but then realization hit me and my eyes popped open.’
    • ‘The old woman's eyes popped open and she stared at Raven.’
    • ‘The face is furious, the eyes popping with rage: Gerry Marsden looks like the combative bantamweight boxer he used to be before he became a pop star.’
    • ‘However, others look at us with eyes popping wide.’
    • ‘It was perfect timing, for at that moment Daniel's eyes popped open and he started coughing, reaching down to his chest in pain.’
    • ‘His eyes popped open to see the boxes surrounding his bed once more.’
    • ‘I took a trip on a sailing ship and when I reached Jamaica, my eyes just popped!’
    • ‘He stood there for a minute before his eyes popped open and his hand dropped.’
    • ‘She found Tashi bending over her, her eyes nearly popping out of their sockets.’
    • ‘Her friend opened his eyes and sat up, his mouth hanging wide open and his eyes popping - but he still managed to look good; she was almost envious.’
    • ‘I could imagine Natalie on the other line, mouth wide open, eyes popping.’
  • 4[no object] Appear brighter or more striking in juxtaposition with something of a different or complementary colour:

    ‘she added a slick of red lipstick to make the outfit pop’
    ‘grey creates a calm, neutral backdrop that lets other colors pop’
    • ‘I used lavender petunias, and the coolness of the color really popped against the dark, glossy green peppers.’
    • ‘Some ensembles shimmered with metallic accents, while others popped in bubblegum pink.’
    • ‘The style suits her slight frame, and the color pops perfectly against her complexion.’
    • ‘The interior boxes have a wash of hot pink that really pops next to its simple wooden container.’
    • ‘She would have the required tan to make the colours pop!’
    • ‘We took some video of a busy street in Manhattan and the yellow cabs really popped.’
    • ‘I would also consider redoing most of the artwork's frames in darker wood finishes or using some color to make them pop more.’
    • ‘The red of ages-old pagodas popped against the thick, green leaves and bright, blue sky for some much-appreciated contrast.’
    • ‘The white pedestal dining table instantly pops against the muted green wall.’
    • ‘The sculpturally framed staircase is painted bright yellow that pops from the forest's green hues.’
    • ‘Blue folding chairs pop against the buttery yellow of the balcony.’
    • ‘I absolutely love how the color of your portable fireplace pops against the purple walls.’
  • 5informal [with object] Take or inject (a drug):

    ‘Williams had spent his life hitting the bottle and popping pills’
    • ‘I'm losing track of the point and the facts even when I'm not popping my little orange pills.’
    • ‘They hear scary tales about sniffing glue, popping pills and shooting heroin.’
    • ‘He said some people pop over-the-counter pain relievers like they're candy.’
    • ‘Ogilvy said he could see the day when players are tempted to pop pills or stick needles in their arms to get an edge.’
    • ‘I'd imagine they'll spend the rest of the night popping vitamin C.’
    • ‘He demeaned people who were drug addicts while he was popping damn near every legal painkiller on the market.’
    • ‘Patricia never recovered from the shock and fell into drinking and popping pills.’
    • ‘He was, it seems, referring obliquely to the haze created by all those mind-expanding drugs the beautiful people popped, mainlined and smoked.’
    • ‘It's important to think carefully about the pills you pop or the socially acceptable drugs you use regularly.’
    • ‘It's not simply a matter of popping a pill and suddenly zooming ahead.’
    • ‘She'd tossed back drinks and popped pills all of his childhood, leaving him and his brothers in care of nannies, so what was she doing now?’
    • ‘And frankly, who wouldn't want to pop a few placid pills or love potions just to escape from the long list of wicked words mentioned above.’
    • ‘Quickly I popped a couple pills and swallowed them down.’
    • ‘Considering he's only three, I better keep popping the Advils and never look back.’
    • ‘If that's all too much to remember, there are a few pills you can pop before the memory-enhancing medication hits the market.’
    • ‘You're an egomaniac who tries to escape every kind of trouble he can by popping pills or drinking.’
    • ‘Today's woman can choose to pop a pill, stick on a patch or take an injection.’
    • ‘He popped an aspirin and drank half a bottle of water, but his tongue still felt dry as sandpaper.’
    • ‘I've eaten breakfast, popped pills, drunk coffee, now need to shower.’
    • ‘She was forced to give up the child and from 15 she worked the freeways, turning tricks for motorists, drinking beer, popping pills and hustling pool.’
  • 6British informal [with object] Pawn (something):

    ‘I wouldn't ever sell it—I popped it’
    • ‘I had to pop the silver, dear.’

noun

  • 1A light explosive sound:

    ‘there were a few pops, perhaps from pistols’
    • ‘Pogue says he and other witnesses heard what sounded like a pop, followed by four gunshots, in rapid succession.’
    • ‘There are a few pops and clicks, but the soundtrack is mostly clean.’
    • ‘This realization is accompanied by a few more ear pops, as it also becomes clear that the train is slowly descending.’
    • ‘Eventually, with a squeaky pop, the eggshell explodes.’
    • ‘Should I now be paranoid when I hear clicks and pops during phone conversations on a line that has, up until now, been nice and clean?’
    • ‘We heard snapping sounds, pops, little explosions, and then the walls bulged out, and we heard a sound like an avalanche.’
    • ‘Before she knew it ear-bursting pops sounded throughout the almost quiet house.’
    • ‘When trying to play this particular CD on my PC, there were numerous cracks and pops in the audio track; about once every 10-15 seconds.’
    • ‘He worked it for nearly five minutes and was about to give up when it came loose with a sharp pop!’
    • ‘The sound is halfway between a regular straight-six and a two-stroke engine without the pops and bangs.’
    • ‘However, we did experience problems with lots of crackles and pops on the sound, particularly when some features, such as EAX and CMSS, were turned on.’
    • ‘I froze, gaping for a second until the sound of the detonation, a sharp pop at that distance, shook me out of it.’
    • ‘Once she got into the intersection, she heard a loud pop, and the sound of glass breaking.’
    • ‘The floors were emitting ominous cracking noises and loud pops were coming from the walls.’
    • ‘Real-life bullets sound dull, like tiny muffled pops, and the sound is one of the most disturbing you will ever hear.’
    • ‘The audio quality isn't the best, a lot of cracks and pops on it, but you know how that is with those old records.’
    • ‘The many gunshots in the film are about as underwhelming as I've ever heard even in low budget indie efforts, sounding like little quiet pops instead of loud bangs.’
    • ‘The crack of the .380 sounds like a pop to the neighbors, and for that matter, to Elaine.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, this won't remove the clicks and pops from recordings of old LPs and tape hiss from recordings of cassettes.’
    • ‘Across the room, a pane of glass in the window cracked with a sharp pop.’
    bang, crack, snap, boom, explosion, report
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  • 2informal, dated [mass noun] A sweet fizzy drink such as lemonade:

    ‘a bottle of pop’
    • ‘But what happened to the schemes where you got some pennies back for returning your empty bottle of pop to the shop?’
    • ‘There was already a table set out with various appetizers, bottled water, pop, beer and wine.’
    • ‘A 1950s-style village fête, complete with fizzy pop and squash, warmly greeted Mr Blair as its guest of honour, as people enjoyed the bright April sunshine.’
    • ‘After I ordered us a large pizza and a bottle of pop, I hung up again and went back over to where Blaine was sitting.’
    • ‘At least they have the decency to sell headache tablets, orange juice, fizzy pop and complex carbohydrates as well.’
    • ‘A quiet little snack bar located inside a relaxed study area, it deals primarily in pastries and coffee but also has pop, chips and… soup!’
    • ‘Litter will be the result whatever they are drinking, beer or soft pop.’
    • ‘The only food is crisps and chocolate, the only drink water, fizzy pop, Nescafe, or tea with powdered milk, and the only shopping is tat.’
    • ‘Consumers of bottled water tend to be more wealthy than those who drink fizzy pop.’
    • ‘Other areas of concern were high fat choices when eating out and high intake of calorie-containing beverages such as pop and alcohol.’
    • ‘We drank fizzy pop with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing.’
    • ‘We give them sweets and bottles of pop to thank them for doing the work.’
    • ‘Everyone at the table held up their drinks, mostly cans of pop or bottles of water, for this little toast, then everyone took a quick drink.’
    • ‘I get to the snack bar and buy a candy bar and bottle of pop.’
    • ‘PET plastics (polyethylene terephthalate) are the thin, clear bottles used for pop and water.’
    • ‘So I stop at the gas station and grab a couple chocolate bars and a bottle of pop.’
    • ‘Yes, dear reader, ice cream and mineral waters, or soda and pop as they are called today, was indeed a luxury for many Irish people in times past.’
    • ‘When Charlson, a diabetic, crossed to go into the shop to get a can of pop, she breached her bail.’
    • ‘They had bought a sausage roll each and held a bottle of pop in their hands.’
    • ‘They have plastic carrier bags with them, with crisps and fizzy pop and stuff in them.’
    fizzy drink, soft drink, carbonated drink
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    1. 2.1North American [count noun] A can of sweet fizzy drink:
      ‘fruit-flavoured pops’
      • ‘We ended up only putting the pops in the fridge and left the sandwiches on the middle row seat.’
      • ‘You can buy some sprite and light beer or take some from your pops in the fridge and make a Shandy at home.’
  • 3A patch of bright colour:

    ‘I like wearing a neutral outfit with one pop of yellow’
    • ‘Blacks, whites and blues with a few pops of yellow and orange dominated the red carpet.’
    • ‘To start, Look 1 featured a noir suit jacket folded like leaf petals at the lapel to reveal pops of lime green.’
    • ‘Gauzy silk and chiffon gowns in floral prints with pops of red and electric blue rounded out the collection.’
    • ‘The tribal jewelry mixes pops of bright oranges and blues with warmer tones of gold and brown.’
    • ‘We love the pop of color from those green wineglasses.’
    • ‘Wow, those shoes are amazing- such a great pop of color!’
    • ‘Add a pop of green (mint or otherwise) to your St. Paddy's Day look via a fashionable bag.’
    • ‘This time though I used a touch of gold for that pop of color.’
    • ‘Claire incorporated a pop of pink into her eye makeup to honor the punk theme.’
    • ‘The finishing touch: a pop of sheer pink lip gloss.’
  • 4Baseball
    A ball hit high in the air but not far from the home plate, providing an easy catch:

    ‘he caught a pop fly for the third out of the seventh inning’
    • ‘His defense was so bad that when he caught a pedestrian pop fly in the fifth inning, the Pro Player Stadium crowd gave him a Bronx, cheer.’
    • ‘Although brilliant with the glove, Power became a source of controversy because of the one-handed style that he used on ground balls and pop-ups.’
    • ‘With two out in the fourth, the Yanks had Shane Spencer on second and Scott Brosius on first when Alfonso Soriano hit a towering pop fly in front of home plate.’
    • ‘A few wild swishes, a couple of pop-ups for easy catches, and then a mishit squeezed past first base is enough to keep a streak alive.’
    • ‘I would outlaw the current catchers' gloves which break in the middle, making it easier to catch pop-ups.’

adverb

  • With a light explosive sound:

    ‘the champagne went pop’
    • ‘I felt (and heard) something in my wrist go pop as I lifted Fiona out of her car seat.’
    • ‘After the requisite chilling and hearing that satisfying noise of the cork going ‘pop’ I shall certainly raise a glass to your good health.’
    • ‘I raised the gun and fired a positively perfect shot - the only problem was that it went pop rather than bang.’

Phrases

  • —— a pop

    • informal Costing a specified amount per item:

      ‘those swimsuits she wears are £50 a pop’
      • ‘He can make speeches for many thousands of dollars a pop.’
      • ‘For 99 cents a pop, plus a monthly download fee, you can store a file wherever you'd like.’
      • ‘They spend the time writing, producing and recording the songs and I pay 15 dollars a pop to say thank you.’
      • ‘And by then Edison's stock, which had traded as high as $23 a share in the glory days of 2001, was chugging along at 85 cents a pop.’
      • ‘They only cost five dollars a pop and come in six different colors: light blue, navy blue, white, olive green, black, and red.’
      • ‘Or the snack vendor in Bella Vista's coffee fields who sells banana chips and fruit juice for about 25 cents a pop.’
      • ‘The sodas were free, but the booze was four dollars a pop.’
      • ‘I mean, the record industry was much happier when they were selling 500,000, a million things at $20 a pop than 500 million songs at 99 cents a pop.’
      • ‘Not bad for merchandise that went for 10 cents a pop.’
      • ‘At 25 cents a pop, the fun 'n' games won't break the bank.’
  • have (or take) a pop at

    • informal Attack physically or verbally:

      ‘he thinks he's hard, I'll go and have a pop at him’
      • ‘They then moved from turning pop into art to having a pop at the art world.’
      • ‘Even if it could only make my life, or at most those of my immediate circle, more boring, I still think it worth taking a pop at.’
      • ‘As Bea threw the vest up in the air, he pranged his pistol out and took a pop at it, missing wildly.’
      • ‘Glamorous Victoria takes a pop at the slimming industry’
      • ‘I'm as guilty as the next man of taking a pop at the London Underground.’
      • ‘Mr Clarke said the fact that ‘people feel they can take a pop at authority’ was becoming an increasingly ‘real issue.’’
      • ‘His latest provocative intervention concerns the wanton promotion of pap, and along the way he has a pop at just about everyone.’
      • ‘The point about political correctness, of course, is that it's an invaluable Aunt Sally, a flimsy paper tiger for anyone to have a pop at when they can't be bothered to come up with a proper argument to back up their position.’
      • ‘Even more important, though, Wanadoo could get the chance to take a pop at all those critics who described the company as serial complainers and whingers.’
      • ‘And for a man who leads with his chin twice a week, he acts awfully surprised when someone takes a pop at it’
  • make someone's eyes pop (or uspop out)

    • informal Cause great astonishment to someone:

      ‘she earns the kind of salary that would make the average Muscovite's eyes pop’
      • ‘You could, of course, just vote for her, with my assurance that she is so absolutely brilliant she makes my eyes pop out of my head.’
      • ‘I kayaked with him in Norway and Turkey and there were waterfalls that would make your eyes pop out just to look at them.’
      • ‘There were the fights over a boy, the struggle with parents, the shopping and clothes that made your eyes pop.’
      • ‘The first two, both Jomtien based eateries, do a gut-buster fried breakfast for around 150 baht which will make your eyes pop as well as your stomach.’
      • ‘I had seen plenty of extravagance in the marketing of toys, but this magazine ad made my eyes pop.’
      • ‘Maybe Mariucci wasn't the guy who was going to take them to the next level, but who among the candidates really makes your eyes pop?’
      • ‘Women have been doing it for a long time - they'll tell you stuff that'll make your eyes pop out.’
      • ‘The sports teams won't make your eyes pop out of your head, in fact there isn't much to see in the game.’
      • ‘I honestly believe that the biggest favour you can do a child is to focus them on the positive, even if that means making light of things that make your eyes pop or your arms go cold.’
      • ‘The day he arrived at Maxwell, he noticed a ‘beautiful gal in a tight yellow sweater’ who made his eyes pop out.’
  • pop one's clogs

    • informal Die:

      ‘he's a raging hypochondriac who is certain he's about to pop his clogs’
      • ‘It's marvellous - she'll be able to leave us a very tidy sum when she pops her clogs.’
      • ‘By the time all his promises have eventually come to fruition, we shall be long gone, or ‘popped our clogs’ as the saying goes.’
      • ‘I hope to God the nativity story is true because if it isn't then I am going to having a little word with the Creator when he finally pops my clogs for me.’
      • ‘An actor or musician may plug away at his craft, more or less, until he pops his clogs, but a footballer is past his prime before 35.’
      • ‘Terrible as it is to say it, we're not going to get a more thorough Bennett bio until the great man pops his clogs.’
      • ‘We toasted Queen Mary popping her clogs, and drank to all those departed, including Sandy, who was born today.’
      • ‘So as soon as Gere realises that he has at last found true love, the only question left is how soon before Winona's unbearably annoying sparkly poppet pops her clogs.’
      • ‘She may be 90 years old and unable to walk but you can bet she's just dying for another scrap with the broadcasters before she pops her clogs.’
      • ‘‘Just think of the record sales if I popped my clogs now,’ he deadpans between coughing fits.’
      • ‘They are all about 70 anyway - so it wouldn't be much of a surprise if a few of them popped their clogs because of the ‘tension’.’
  • pop the question

    • informal Propose marriage:

      ‘when he popped the question I said yes without a further thought’
      • ‘Eventually he pops the question and the wedding adventure of the year is on.’
      • ‘Alison, 39, decided to take advantage of the Leap Year tradition of women proposing to men when she popped the question before dozens of regulars at their local pub in Hollins.’
      • ‘Her limo driver took a slight detour and dropped the unsuspecting girlfriend at the City Hall reflection pool and Christmas tree, where Pollack was waiting with a ring and plans of popping the question on bended knee.’
      • ‘In October he decided to lay plans to pop the question and started thinking of original ways to propose.’
      • ‘Then one day, out of the blue, we're going for a drive to dinner arguing about nothing and he stops the car and pops the question, giving me a ring.’
      • ‘In 2004, many couples will offer up toasts and kisses, when one partner gets down on one knee and pops the question.’
      • ‘As Georgie and Gabe drive away, Gabe pops the question and Georgie accepts.’
      • ‘Women wanting their man to propose would most like him to pop the question in a hot geyser pool in Iceland, it was disclosed today.’
      • ‘Now all you have left to think about is popping the question, enjoying the superb first-time fiancé sex and saving up for the 10-year anniversary diamond size-up purchase.’
      • ‘They have been sweethearts ever since, with Lily, perhaps running out of patience, popping the question to Morgan during a romantic break in Paris on Valentine's Day last year.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • pop off

    • Die:

      ‘when I pop off, everything will come to you’
      • ‘Raymond Brown also died recently; all these great guys have all just popped off.’
      • ‘I felt like cheering when she finally popped off.’
      • ‘I just want there to be street parties when he pops off.’
  • pop up

    • 1Appear or occur suddenly:

      ‘these memories can pop up from time to time’
      • ‘This was a common occurrence, meteor storms suddenly popping up without warning.’
      • ‘And where they appeared, counter-protesters also popped up - to keep the other side from hogging the cameras.’
      • ‘So if water features and decorative stone paving suddenly start popping up around the Huntington Stadium pitch, you know who's to blame.’
      • ‘I should add that at one point in the animation, the Loch Ness Monster appeared to pop up in the background.’
      • ‘A petite figure suddenly popped up from behind the couch.’
      • ‘I keep expecting him to just suddenly pop up and surprise me.’
      • ‘I started to walk towards the food court, planning to get something to eat when Matt suddenly popped up beside me.’
      • ‘Richard Askwith reports on the mysteries of the giant squid, a profoundly elusive creature that suddenly seems to be popping up everywhere’
      • ‘Why has the bespectacled figure of Kevin Rosenberg suddenly popped up in a corner of my mind?’
      • ‘It was so silent that it was like one of those movies where suddenly a murderer pops up out of the bushes to attack the helpless woman.’
      • ‘And people might not donate if 18 years down the line a few children were to suddenly pop up!’
      • ‘I was scrolling through my server logs this morning, clicking on links to any of the incoming domains I didn't recognise when suddenly something very familiar popped up.’
      • ‘So much for these chain stores that appear to be popping up all over the country.’
      • ‘It's an argument worth having, especially since more paid-for results appear to pop up every few months.’
      • ‘I don't know what it is but certain phrases seem to suddenly pop up on my TV whenever politicians are giving speeches or pundits are discussing politics.’
      • ‘Further, with old and new problems popping up together, it appears our political and economic turmoil will never end.’
      • ‘Suddenly an alert popped up on her computer and she read it.’
      • ‘There is no campaign and suddenly his name pops up, clearly presented by the British and the French who have been impressed by his negotiational ability.’
      • ‘Suddenly a commercial pops up for Colgate toothpaste.’
      • ‘Look, what people really say about this is well why has it suddenly popped up now as an issue?’
      appear, appear abruptly, appear suddenly, appear unexpectedly, occur abruptly, occur suddenly, come into sight, come into view, materialize, arrive, make in an appearance, put in an appearance
      come along, happen, emerge, arise, crop up, turn up, present itself, come on the scene, come to light, manifest itself
      show up
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      1. 1.1(of a browser window) appear without having been requested, especially for the purpose of advertising.
        • ‘You can float the mouse over the button and a tool tip will pop up with the command name.’
        • ‘Clicking on any of these pictures will pop up a bigger one.’
        • ‘It also pops up a screen asking you for permission to enter the site, all according to the rules.’
        • ‘You see the warnings indicated by the red popping up on the screen.’
        • ‘Right click and click "Stop" on the pop up menu.’
    • 2Cricket
      (of a cricket ball) rise sharply off the pitch:

      ‘the ball pitched outside off and popped up’
      • ‘Gough's third ball of the innings popped up on Darren Maddy and he presented Darren Lehmann with a simple catch at backward point.’
      • ‘Several balls have half deceived batsmen and popped up in the air or beaten the bat, but none have yielded a wicket.’
      • ‘In other words, excess of momentum in the upward direction, will make the ball pop up and close-in fielders are ever waiting to gobble up those half-chances!’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the senses ‘a blow, knock’ and ‘to strike’): imitative.

Pronunciation:

pop

/pɒp/

Main definitions of pop in English

: pop1pop2pop3

pop2

adjective

  • 1Relating to commercial popular music:

    ‘pop singers’
    ‘a pop concert’
    • ‘Check out what your favorite pop idols have been up to.’
    • ‘He has never courted publicity for himself - has never wanted to be a pop idol, either, with screaming girls as fans.’
    • ‘Large crowds were gathering outside the palace to watch the pop concert, starring ex-Beatle Paul McCartney, on giant screens.’
    • ‘Rock'n'roll groups appeared on bills along with trad groups and pop singers - even some modern jazz made it into the charts.’
    • ‘A source claims the pop diva could be six or seven weeks pregnant.’
    • ‘His band have plenty of catchy, commercial pop tunes.’
    • ‘Similar accusations were once leveled against Paul Simon after the commercial success of his pop album Graceland.’
    • ‘She began her career in the late '70s (while still in her teens) as a pop singer.’
    • ‘The pop princess was at pains to point out her reputation for tantrums is undeserved.’
    • ‘When pop divas make a movie, they have to pretend it's more than a showcase for the soundtrack.’
  • 2derogatory (especially of a scientific or academic subject) made accessible to the general public; popularized:

    ‘pop psychology’
    • ‘The pattern here is that businesses are falling for pop psychology fads that have no basis in the true science of psychology.’
    • ‘It may be bombastic or vituperative or full of pop psychology, but it seldom presents a critical argument based on facts or logic.’
    • ‘The programme seems to combine elements of pop psychology with an odd form of existentialism.’
    • ‘The film is populated by types rather than people, and its whimsical romanticism is of the sort you'd find in a very slim book of pop psychology.’
    • ‘Part of pop psychology is that you should acknowledge your feelings, but there's no place for them in the workplace.’
    • ‘She is often facile, especially when relying on pop psychology.’
    • ‘Kaufman's interest in pop psychology is less than it seems.’
    • ‘Red Dragon's goal of being a smart thriller is also tainted by the cheap and obvious pop psychology used to paint the characters.’
    • ‘It wears thin after a while, but the pace is kept up by Vaguen's malaprops, slightly off analogies and clever reworking of typical pop psychology dogma.’
    • ‘I could certainly do without a lot of this pop psychology coverage.’
    • ‘When it comes to understanding consumer debt, why do economists prefer pop psychology to statistics?’
    • ‘It was only after Gray reworked the book and retitled it that it became the bestselling pop psychology book of all time.’
    • ‘It uses our expectations about the fallout of child sexual abuse, hammered home by our culture of pop psychology, to fake us out and sell its mystery.’
    • ‘This does not mean that pursuing a mission is always pleasurable: we do not agree with the pop psychology view that equates meaningful work with fun.’
    • ‘You should have no problem finding general interest and pop science articles on his work.’
    • ‘Or, in the language of pop psychology, were men from Mars and women from Venus?’
    • ‘Self-esteem as portrayed by the current generation of pop psychologists is nothing less than self-worship, narcissism.’
    • ‘It's as much an outburst of pop psychology as of religious atonement.’
    • ‘Pinsky cleverly weaves historical events and pop psychology trends into his analyses.’
    • ‘In any case, I tend to avoid the pop psychology and head for the speculative fiction or fascinating non-fiction.’

noun

  • 1[mass noun] Commercial popular music, in particular accessible, tuneful music of a kind popular since the 1950s and sometimes contrasted with rock, soul, or other forms of popular music:

    ‘their quasi-psychedelic pop is pleasantly uplifting and danceable’
    • ‘Yet, much of the music on it contains a considerable amount of pop, rock, and world music influence.’
    • ‘The result is being billed as an album of experimental yet accessible 21st century pop.’
    • ‘Red Stage near City hall will feature pop and rock music with Thai ‘Luk Thung’.’
    • ‘Easum predicts, for example, the quick death of all symphony orchestras that do not soon begin to feature a significant amount of pop and rock music.’
    • ‘You download pop and rock music for 99 cent per song.’
    • ‘The sound planning and design make sure that the music, whether hard rock or pop, does not overwhelm any conversation.’
    • ‘There is generally a lot of distortion present in modern pop and rock music, and plenty of post-processing done in the studio.’
    • ‘What can you accomplish with a mostly ambient instrumental song that you can't with pop or rock music?’
    • ‘The world-famous Vienna Boys' Choir has departed from more than 500 years tradition to perform pop and rock music.’
    • ‘Because polyphony is restricted pop and rock music demonstrates limited harmony and use of counterpoint.’
    • ‘The 16-year old short girl sighed as she continued walking, listening to her own CD that contained a mix of pop and rock music.’
    • ‘The category of pop and rock music was left up to the audience to choose a winner.’
    • ‘Hence there isn't really anything that could be classified as plain old pop or rock music.’
    • ‘It brings pop, rock, reggae, classical, techno and 80's music into most cars.’
    • ‘I'm just blown away by the fusions of Brazilian music and pop, rock, and jazz taking place there.’
    • ‘The music is mainstream alternative pop and rock music, with little or no variation.’
    • ‘From rhythm & blues and soul to country and pop, Ray's music defied any labels.’
    • ‘Alarm clocks were going off, playing rock, Christian pop, jazz or reggae.’
    • ‘This is an infusion of pop, rock and trip-hop that is easy on the ears, but not on the musical conscience.’
    • ‘From The Smiths to Nirvana, much of the best pop and rock music has been made by fans.’
    1. 1.1dated [count noun] A pop record or song.
      • ‘A pop that will only last a couple of weeks.’
      • ‘There's a pop bubbling along beneath the surface, which rears its head in the form of a bouncing, jerking bass-line.’
      • ‘Turn the record over and you have another winner—‘Add a Little Wiggle’—a masterpiece made out of a song-and-dance ‘pop’.’

Origin

Late 19th century: abbreviation of popular.

Pronunciation:

pop

/pɒp/

Main definitions of pop in English

: pop1pop2pop3

pop3

noun

US
  • informal term for father
    • ‘I mean people talk about mom and pops, which is really good for creating jobs, but mom and pop cannot deliver against a Home Depot or some of the large supermarkets.’
    • ‘First of all, the mom and pops just simply get subsidized loans.’
    • ‘Respect your moms, your pops, or whoever it was raised you.’
    • ‘I guess someone you could say I know pretty well, my pop, Ben Christensen.’
    • ‘They captivated moms and pops across the country and say, ‘Look, it's time to have another dialogue.’’
    • ‘And thank you, very sincerely, to everyone who sent well wishes to my pops.’
    • ‘Junior addressed the situation before the game by saying the only way his pops was going to coach there was if he transferred and he's not going anywhere.’
    • ‘But Blake grew accustomed to addressing my pop as his own dad.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: abbreviation of poppa.

Pronunciation:

pop

/pɒp/

Main definitions of pop in English

: pop1pop2pop3

POP

  • 1Persistent organic pollutant.

  • 2Computing
    Point of presence, denoting equipment that provides access to the Internet.

    • ‘In addition, they pay for the right to place their PoP in the CO of the telecom company.’
  • 3(in the UK) Post Office Preferred, used to specify the size of envelopes and other items.

  • 4Computing
    Post Office Protocol.

Pronunciation:

POP

/pɒp/