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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’
- ‘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, such as wool off a sheep or the pile of a carpet during manufacture.
- ‘These metal toolboxes, designed for croppers, are just perfect for our clay tools.’
- ‘He said that travellers had used bolt croppers on the chains securing the gate to gain access to the land.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’’
- ‘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.’
3US A person who raises a crop, especially as a sharecropper.
- ‘While the rate of white tenancy increased in the period covered, black croppers still outnumbered white.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
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