Definition of come a cropper in US English:

come a cropper


  • 1Fall heavily.

    ‘he came the most appalling cropper—I think he knocked himself out’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His task was made that bit easier when his nearest challenger came a cropper on the back straight.’
    • ‘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.’
    topple 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 forward
    get into debt, get into arrears, default, be in the red, be late, be overdue
    fall over, fall, topple over, tumble down, keel over, collapse, fall in a heap, trip, take a spill, stumble, stagger
    fail to meet, fail to reach, fail to live up to
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    1. 1.1 Suffer a defeat or disaster.
      ‘the club's challenge for the championship has come a cropper’
      • ‘The director said the film had earlier come a cropper in India due to poor marketing.’
      • ‘Some apple and kiwfruit growers are facing big income drops this year as marketers have come a cropper in Europe and America.’
      • ‘A set of corrective measures must be put in place quickly if the government is not to come a cropper.’
      • ‘Having excelled at the Commonwealth championship, the women came a cropper in Canada, failing to win a single medal.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All of them came a cropper against more powerful and better prepared rivals.’
      • ‘Then he will increase the bet and while lucky sometimes, he's come a cropper lately.’
      • ‘Sri Lanka had looked good in the tournament so far, but they came a cropper today.’
      • ‘Airport transfers have been the cause of many a DIY holiday coming a cropper.’
      fail, collapse, go bankrupt, become insolvent, go into receivership, go into liquidation, crash, fold, fold up, go under, founder, be ruined, cave in
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