Definition of come a cropper in English:

come a cropper


  • 1Fall heavily.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His task was made that bit easier when his nearest challenger came a cropper on the back straight.’
    • ‘Hopefully there will be no repeat of his first attempt over fences when he came a cropper.’
    • ‘Mark came a cropper on the way down but luckily, the only thing damaged was his pride.’
    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
    get into debt, get into arrears, default, be in the red, be late, be overdue
    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
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    1. 1.1Suffer a defeat or disaster.
      ‘the club's challenge for the championship has come a cropper’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A set of corrective measures must be put in place quickly if the government is not to come a cropper.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All of them came a cropper against more powerful and better prepared rivals.’
      • ‘The director said the film had earlier come a cropper in India due to poor marketing.’
      fail, collapse, go bankrupt, become insolvent, go into receivership, go into liquidation, crash, go under, founder, be ruined, cave in
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