Definition of cropper in English:


Line breaks: crop|per
Pronunciation: /ˈkrɒpə


  • 1A plant which yields a specified crop: the white-fleshed varieties are the heaviest croppers
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    • When buying seeds to grow yourself, choose early and late croppers so that you extend the season.
    • He also knew that the Inca potato, unlike modern varieties, was not a good cropper.
    • It is a good, regular cropper but never produces a particularly heavy crop.
  • 2A machine or person that cuts or trims something.
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    • 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.’
    • He said that travellers had used bolt croppers on the chains securing the gate to gain access to the land.
  • 3chiefly US A person who raises a crop, especially as a sharecropper.
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    • 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.
    • Their analogy between slavery and sharecropping provides a specialized instance of the objectification of croppers in the book.


come a cropper

British informal
Fall heavily: he came the most appalling cropper—I think he knocked himself out
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  • True, he has, at times, come a cropper over fences but he had no difficulty handling the jumping last year.
  • To-date motorists unlucky enough to have come a cropper on the spillages have, at least, survived the experience.
  • 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.
Suffer a defeat or disaster: the club’s challenge for the championship has come a cropper
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  • Having excelled at the Commonwealth championship, the women came a cropper in Canada, failing to win a single medal.
  • Some apple and kiwfruit growers are facing big income drops this year as marketers have come a cropper in Europe and America.
  • Then he will increase the bet and while lucky sometimes, he's come a cropper lately.

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