Definition of crop up in US English:

crop up

phrasal verb

  • Appear, occur, or come to one's notice unexpectedly.

    ‘some urgent business had cropped up’
    • ‘When talking to locals and expats, this topic often crops up.’
    • ‘‘I'm not one of these people who is trying to be modern’ is a phrase that crops up repeatedly.’
    • ‘The book is also repetitive: the same old laundry list of sour complaints about the man, his works, and his cronies, crops up again and again.’
    • ‘If something crops up that interests me, whether it's here or overseas, then I'll look at it.’
    • ‘Unless something unexpected crops up this year, this test looks like something a lot of us should try next year.’
    • ‘It's a condition most commonly found in women, but occasionally crops up in a man.’
    • ‘All the same, Lola crops up frequently in our discussions like a slightly eccentric but beloved foreign cousin.’
    • ‘The key word here, which crops up throughout the report and the subsequent discussion, is ‘unwitting’.’
    • ‘They monitor the radios and they are ready to go if anything unusual crops up.’
    • ‘One theme that crops up week after week are those who hit their 5 or 6 month anniversary.’
    • ‘Something crops up that just absolutely has to be sorted out face to face.’
    • ‘He crops up a couple of times almost at random.’
    • ‘Challenge is one word that crops up in Heather's conversation a lot.’
    • ‘It's a problem we've noticed before and it seems to crop up at random intervals.’
    • ‘The gender issue crops up in just about every walk of life.’
    • ‘So if 01788 crops up on your phone bill and you can't recall where that is, this site will reveal it is Rugby, Warwickshire.’
    • ‘These predictions crop up every decade or so and they are always wrong.’
    • ‘I've noticed little mistakes and typos cropping up here and there.’
    • ‘Bruce Springsteen was a name that often cropped up as a reference point.’
    • ‘It is not something that crops up on a day to day basis in terms of business.’
    happen, occur, arise, arrive, turn up, spring up, pop up, surface, emerge, materialize, appear, come to light, present itself, make an appearance
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