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come a cropper

Definition of come a cropper in English:

1 informal Fall heavily.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.1Suffer a defeat or disaster: the club’s challenge for the championship has come a cropper
More example sentences
  • 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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