Definition of cropper in English:

cropper

noun

  • 1A plant which yields a specified crop.

    ‘the white-fleshed varieties are the heaviest croppers’
    • ‘It is a good, regular cropper but never produces a particularly heavy crop.’
    • ‘It is a very heavy cropper, ripening in August and September.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He also knew that the Inca potato, unlike modern varieties, was not a good cropper.’
  • 2A machine or person that cuts or trims something.

    • ‘He said that travellers had used bolt croppers on the chains securing the gate to gain access to the land.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Last Friday, between 1pm and 3pm, two garages were broken into by thieves who used bolt croppers.’’
    • ‘A search of the box van found a set of cutting equipment and a set of large bolt croppers.’
  • 3US A person who raises a crop, especially as a sharecropper.

    • ‘The vast gulf in experience between readers and subjects made identifying with the croppers virtually impossible.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their analogy between slavery and sharecropping provides a specialized instance of the objectification of croppers in the book.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Representing croppers who aspired to the middle class (whether accurate or not) was essential to the sentimentalism of the documentary form.’
    • ‘While the rate of white tenancy increased in the period covered, black croppers still outnumbered white.’
    • ‘I also got the trade of the farmers, the croppers and the hands from the outlying country.’
    • ‘Instead of identification with the croppers based on common humanity, identification occurs between readers and authors through the shared experience of failure.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead of work allowing the cropper to consume, the work consumes the cropper.’

Phrases

  • come a cropper

    • 1informal Fall heavily.

      ‘he came the most appalling cropper—I think he knocked himself out’
      • ‘To-date motorists unlucky enough to have come a cropper on the spillages have, at least, survived the experience.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘True, he has, at times, come a cropper over fences but he had no difficulty handling the jumping last year.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His task was made that bit easier when his nearest challenger came a cropper on the back straight.’
      • ‘Mark came a cropper on the way down but luckily, the only thing damaged was his pride.’
      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’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘The director said the film had earlier come a cropper in India due to poor marketing.’
        • ‘All of them came a cropper against more powerful and better prepared rivals.’
        • ‘A set of corrective measures must be put in place quickly if the government is not to 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.’
        • ‘Having excelled at the Commonwealth championship, the women came a cropper in Canada, failing to win a single medal.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Then he will increase the bet and while lucky sometimes, he's come a cropper lately.’
        • ‘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.’
        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/