Definition of cropper in US English:

cropper

noun

  • 1A plant which yields a specified crop.

    ‘the white-fleshed varieties are the heaviest croppers’
    • ‘It is a very heavy cropper, ripening in August and September.’
    • ‘It is a good, regular cropper but never produces a particularly heavy crop.’
    • ‘When buying seeds to grow yourself, choose early and late croppers so that you extend the season.’
    • ‘He also knew that the Inca potato, unlike modern varieties, was not a good cropper.’
    • ‘It is a good, reliable cropper that starts fruiting freely at an early age, coming into season in September.’
    • ‘I've ordered two varieties - Bluecrop, which is apparently a popular heavy cropper with good drought resistance and Herbert, considered to be the best flavoured of all.’
  • 2A machine or person that cuts or trims something.

    • ‘However, technical change did meet resistance from the croppers or shearmen who finished off cloth and were being replaced after 1800 by the gig mill and shearing frame.’
    • ‘The bus had to wait until the police arrived with bolt croppers to release the gates and allow the vehicle to get on its way.’
    • ‘A search of the box van found a set of cutting equipment and a set of large bolt croppers.’
    • ‘He said that travellers had used bolt croppers on the chains securing the gate to gain access to the land.’
    • ‘‘Last Friday, between 1pm and 3pm, two garages were broken into by thieves who used bolt croppers.’’
    • ‘Bolt croppers, a sledge hammer and mobile phones were thrown from a Ford Mondeo at chasing police cars.’
    • ‘These metal toolboxes, designed for croppers, are just perfect for our clay tools.’
  • 3US A person who raises a crop, especially as a sharecropper.

    • ‘Instead of identification with the croppers based on common humanity, identification occurs between readers and authors through the shared experience of failure.’
    • ‘Census data shows that more croppers were black than white, but economic and agricultural conditions in the Depression caused a great many white farmers to become tenants or croppers.’
    • ‘While the rate of white tenancy increased in the period covered, black croppers still outnumbered white.’
    • ‘Representing croppers who aspired to the middle class (whether accurate or not) was essential to the sentimentalism of the documentary form.’
    • ‘Instead of work allowing the cropper to consume, the work consumes the cropper.’
    • ‘Their analogy between slavery and sharecropping provides a specialized instance of the objectification of croppers in the book.’
    • ‘The vast gulf in experience between readers and subjects made identifying with the croppers virtually impossible.’
    • ‘I also got the trade of the farmers, the croppers and the hands from the outlying country.’
    • ‘Concentrating on catalogues of objects such as houses, clothing, household furnishings, and food helped the authors make visible the invisible economic system that oppressed the croppers.’
    • ‘They complete the transformation of croppers into objects by casting them as ‘slaves’ in need of ‘emancipation.’’
    • ‘The authors protest the exploitation of croppers in general and white croppers in particular.’

Phrases

  • come a cropper

    • 1informal Fall 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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. 1.1Suffer a defeat or disaster.
        ‘the club's challenge for the championship has come a cropper’
        • ‘Having excelled at the Commonwealth championship, the women came a cropper in Canada, failing to win a single medal.’
        • ‘Then he will increase the bet and while lucky sometimes, he's come a cropper lately.’
        • ‘Airport transfers have been the cause of many a DIY holiday coming a cropper.’
        • ‘All of them came a cropper against more powerful and better prepared rivals.’
        • ‘Some apple and kiwfruit growers are facing big income drops this year as marketers have come a cropper in Europe and America.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘A set of corrective measures must be put in place quickly if the government is not to come a cropper.’
        • ‘The director said the film had earlier come a cropper in India due to poor marketing.’
        • ‘Sri Lanka had looked good in the tournament so far, but they came a cropper today.’
        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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Pronunciation

cropper

/ˈkrɑpər//ˈkräpər/