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.’
    • ‘He also knew that the Inca potato, unlike modern varieties, was not a good cropper.’
    • ‘When buying seeds to grow yourself, choose early and late croppers so that you extend the season.’
    • ‘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.

    • ‘Bolt croppers, a sledge hammer and mobile phones were thrown from a Ford Mondeo at chasing police cars.’
    • ‘‘Last Friday, between 1pm and 3pm, two garages were broken into by thieves who used bolt croppers.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A search of the box van found a set of cutting equipment and a set of large bolt croppers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He said that travellers had used bolt croppers on the chains securing the gate to gain access to the land.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The authors protest the exploitation of croppers in general and white croppers in particular.’
    • ‘Representing croppers who aspired to the middle class (whether accurate or not) was essential to the sentimentalism of the documentary form.’
    • ‘I also got the trade of the farmers, the croppers and the hands from the outlying country.’
    • ‘The vast gulf in experience between readers and subjects made identifying with the croppers virtually impossible.’
    • ‘While the rate of white tenancy increased in the period covered, black croppers still outnumbered white.’
    • ‘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.’’

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.’
      • ‘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. 1.1Suffer 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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Pronunciation

cropper

/ˈkrɑpər//ˈkräpər/