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1‘some farmers lost their entire crop’
harvest, year's growth, yield, produce, vintage, gathering, reaping, gleaning, garnering
2‘this month has brought a bumper crop of mail’
batch, lot, assortment, selection, collection, supply, intake
3‘the fruit got wedged in the bird's crop’
craw, maw, gullet, throat
informal, dated the red lane
archaic throttle, gorge, gula
4‘the rider picked up his hat and crop’
whip, lash, scourge, cat, thong, switch, birch, cane, stick
riding crop, hunting crop
1‘Sharon chose to crop her long brown hair’
cut short, cut, clip, trim, snip, shear, shave
pare, prune, fleece, lop, dock, remove, detach
cut off, hack off, chop off, take off
shorten, make shorter, cut shorter, cut into a bob
2‘a flock of sheep were cropping the turf’
graze on, browse on, feed on, eat
3‘the hay was cropped several times this summer’
harvest, reap, mow
gather, collect, pick, pluck
gather in, take in, bring home
literary glean, garner, cull
‘things kept cropping up to delay their work’
happen, occur, arise, arrive, turn up, spring up, pop up, surface, emerge, materialize, appear, come to light, present itself, make an appearance
come to pass, befall
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