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1A plant that yields a crop of a specified kind or in a specified way.‘the white-fleshed varieties are the heaviest croppers’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It is a good, reliable cropper that starts fruiting freely at an early age, coming into season in September.’
- ‘It is a good, regular cropper but never produces a particularly heavy crop.’
- ‘It is a very heavy cropper, ripening in August and September.’
2A machine or person that cuts or trims something, such as wool off a sheep or the pile of a carpet during manufacture.
- ‘A search of the box van found a set of cutting equipment and a set of large bolt croppers.’
- ‘‘Last Friday, between 1pm and 3pm, two garages were broken into by thieves who used 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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Bolt croppers, a sledge hammer and mobile phones were thrown from a Ford Mondeo at chasing police cars.’
3US A person who raises a crop, especially as a sharecropper.
- ‘Their analogy between slavery and sharecropping provides a specialized instance of the objectification of croppers in the book.’
- ‘While the rate of white tenancy increased in the period covered, black croppers still outnumbered white.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The vast gulf in experience between readers and subjects made identifying with the croppers virtually impossible.’
- ‘They complete the transformation of croppers into objects by casting them as ‘slaves’ in need of ‘emancipation.’’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Instead of identification with the croppers based on common humanity, identification occurs between readers and authors through the shared experience of failure.’
- ‘Representing croppers who aspired to the middle class (whether accurate or not) was essential to the sentimentalism of the documentary form.’
come a cropper
1informal Fall heavily.
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 forwardget into debt, get into arrears, default, be in the red, be late, be overduefall over, fall, topple over, tumble down, keel over, collapse, fall in a heap, trip, take a spill, stumble, staggerfail to meet, fail to reach, fail to live up toView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘Mark came a cropper on the way down but luckily, the only thing damaged was his pride.’
- ‘To-date motorists unlucky enough to have come a cropper on the spillages have, at least, survived the experience.’
- ‘His task was made that bit easier when his nearest challenger came a cropper on the back straight.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Hopefully there will be no repeat of his first attempt over fences when he came a cropper.’
- ‘True, he has, at times, come a cropper over fences but he had no difficulty handling the jumping last year.’
- 1.1Suffer a defeat or disaster.‘the club's challenge for the championship has come a cropper’
fail, collapse, go bankrupt, become insolvent, go into receivership, go into liquidation, crash, fold, fold up, go under, founder, be ruined, cave inView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Then he will increase the bet and while lucky sometimes, he's come a cropper lately.’
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