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verb (pops, popping, popped)

1Make or cause to make a light explosive sound: [no object]: corks popped and glasses tinkled [with object]: teenagers were popping balloons with darts
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  • I felt and probably looked like a balloon under pressure, about to pop if anything else filled my head.
  • The drama for residents in nearby Bole Foot began at around 2am as they heard a series of loud bangs - caused by tyres bursting in the heat and air bags popping.
  • His fists tightened until his knuckles popped and the girls' eyes widened.
Synonyms
go bang, go off with a bang, go off, crack, snap, burst, explode
1.1 [no object] (Of a person’s ears) make a small popping sound within the head as pressure is equalized, typically because of a change of altitude: my ears popped in the lift
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  • At approximately 3,500m altitude, my ears pop, and the mild breeze filtering into the car becomes a cold torrent, and the ascent suddenly increases.
  • Every now and then my ears would pop with the pressure, despite us having all our windows on the leeward side of the house open.
  • Instantly his ears popped, and the pressure drained out of his head in a dizzying rush.
1.2 [with object] Heat (popcorn or another foodstuff) until it bursts open: the hot-air popper pops 4 quarts of popcorn in 5 minutes
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  • One of the six ways to pop popcorn is with hot air.
  • Upon returning to Heather's house, we went into her kitchen and raided it for chocolate and popped popcorn.
  • Sam was in the kitchen, popping popcorn by the smells of it.
2 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Go somewhere for a short time, often without notice: she popped in to see if she could help
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  • Within minutes he popped back in the room with three cans of paint and some brushes.
  • They popped in to see me and introduce themselves.
  • My lovely friend Jane G has just popped in to work to see me.
Synonyms
go, drop by/in/into/round, stop by, visit
informal tootle, whip
British informal nip
2.1 [with object and adverbial of direction] Put or move (something) somewhere quickly: she popped a pen into her pocket
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  • I popped my head up quickly and looked at Leon who was standing outside of the passenger side door.
  • He took a quick look and popped the ball over with ease.
  • He smacks his lips and pops another few berries into his mouth, clearly relishing their taste and their effect.
Synonyms
put, place, slip, slide, push, stick, rest, deposit, set, lay, settle, locate, install, drop, shove, hang, position, arrange
2.2 [with object] North American Release, open, or engage (something) quickly or suddenly: he pulled a can of beer from the refrigerator and popped its tab
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  • Kevin opened up the refrigerator, popped the milk container open, and drank straight from the carton.
  • Leaning in over the door, I played for a long moment with the idea of wiring the old girl and taking her for a spin, but settled for popping the hood release.
  • He watched as she moved quickly toward her briefcase and popped the latch.
3 [no object] (Of a person’s eyes) open wide and appear to bulge, especially with surprise: the man’s eyes popped in disbelief
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  • I could imagine Natalie on the other line, mouth wide open, eyes popping.
  • He gave a shrill cry of pain as his eyes popped open wide.
  • However, others look at us with eyes popping wide.
4 [no object] Appear brighter or more striking in juxtaposition with something of a different or complementary colour: she added a slick of red lipstick to make the outfit pop grey creates a calm, neutral backdrop that lets other colors pop
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  • The red of ages-old pagodas popped against the thick, green leaves and bright, blue sky for some much-appreciated contrast.
  • The white pedestal dining table instantly pops against the muted green wall.
  • The sculpturally framed staircase is painted bright yellow that pops from the forest's green hues.
5 [with object] informal Take or inject (a drug): Williams had spent his life hitting the bottle and popping pills
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  • He popped an aspirin and drank half a bottle of water, but his tongue still felt dry as sandpaper.
  • And frankly, who wouldn't want to pop a few placid pills or love potions just to escape from the long list of wicked words mentioned above.
  • He was, it seems, referring obliquely to the haze created by all those mind-expanding drugs the beautiful people popped, mainlined and smoked.
6 [with object] British informal Pawn (something): I wouldn’t ever sell it—I popped it
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  • I had to pop the silver, dear.

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1A light explosive sound: there were a few pops, perhaps from pistols
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  • We heard snapping sounds, pops, little explosions, and then the walls bulged out, and we heard a sound like an avalanche.
  • I froze, gaping for a second until the sound of the detonation, a sharp pop at that distance, shook me out of it.
  • The audio quality isn't the best, a lot of cracks and pops on it, but you know how that is with those old records.
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2 [mass noun] informal , dated A sweet fizzy drink such as lemonade: a bottle of pop
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  • The only food is crisps and chocolate, the only drink water, fizzy pop, Nescafe, or tea with powdered milk, and the only shopping is tat.
  • We drank fizzy pop with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing.
  • Consumers of bottled water tend to be more wealthy than those who drink fizzy pop.
Synonyms
fizzy drink, soft drink, carbonated drink; North Americansoda
Scottish informal scoosh
2.1 [count noun] North American A can of sweet fizzy drink: fruit-flavoured pops
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  • You can buy some sprite and light beer or take some from your pops in the fridge and make a Shandy at home.
  • We ended up only putting the pops in the fridge and left the sandwiches on the middle row seat.
3A patch of bright colour: I like wearing a neutral outfit with one pop of yellow
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  • This time though I used a touch of gold for that pop of color.
  • Wow, those shoes are amazing- such a great pop of color!
  • Gauzy silk and chiffon gowns in floral prints with pops of red and electric blue rounded out the collection.
4 (also pop fly or pop-up) Baseball A ball hit high in the air but not far from the home plate, providing an easy catch: he caught a pop fly for the third out of the seventh inning
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  • Although brilliant with the glove, Power became a source of controversy because of the one-handed style that he used on ground balls and pop-ups.
  • I would outlaw the current catchers' gloves which break in the middle, making it easier to catch pop-ups.
  • A few wild swishes, a couple of pop-ups for easy catches, and then a mishit squeezed past first base is enough to keep a streak alive.

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With a light explosive sound: the champagne went pop
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  • I felt (and heard) something in my wrist go pop as I lifted Fiona out of her car seat.
  • I raised the gun and fired a positively perfect shot - the only problem was that it went pop rather than bang.
  • After the requisite chilling and hearing that satisfying noise of the cork going ‘pop’ I shall certainly raise a glass to your good health.

Origin

late Middle English (in the senses 'a blow, knock' and 'to strike'): imitative.

Phrases

—— a pop

North American informal Costing a specified amount per item: those swimsuits she wears are £50 a pop
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  • For 99 cents a pop, plus a monthly download fee, you can store a file wherever you'd like.
  • I mean, the record industry was much happier when they were selling 500,000, a million things at $20 a pop than 500 million songs at 99 cents a pop.
  • And by then Edison's stock, which had traded as high as $23 a share in the glory days of 2001, was chugging along at 85 cents a pop.

have (or take) a pop at

informal Attack physically or verbally: he thinks he’s hard, I’ll go and have a pop at him
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  • Even more important, though, Wanadoo could get the chance to take a pop at all those critics who described the company as serial complainers and whingers.
  • They then moved from turning pop into art to having a pop at the art world.
  • The point about political correctness, of course, is that it's an invaluable Aunt Sally, a flimsy paper tiger for anyone to have a pop at when they can't be bothered to come up with a proper argument to back up their position.

make someone's eyes pop (or US pop out)

informal Cause great astonishment to someone: she earns the kind of salary that would make the average Muscovite’s eyes pop
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  • There were the fights over a boy, the struggle with parents, the shopping and clothes that made your eyes pop.
  • Maybe Mariucci wasn't the guy who was going to take them to the next level, but who among the candidates really makes your eyes pop?
  • You could, of course, just vote for her, with my assurance that she is so absolutely brilliant she makes my eyes pop out of my head.

pop one's clogs

British informal Die: he’s a raging hypochondriac who is certain he’s about to pop his clogs
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  • I hope to God the nativity story is true because if it isn't then I am going to having a little word with the Creator when he finally pops my clogs for me.
  • An actor or musician may plug away at his craft, more or less, until he pops his clogs, but a footballer is past his prime before 35.
  • Terrible as it is to say it, we're not going to get a more thorough Bennett bio until the great man pops his clogs.

pop the question

informal Propose marriage: when he popped the question I said yes without a further thought
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  • In October he decided to lay plans to pop the question and started thinking of original ways to propose.
  • Eventually he pops the question and the wedding adventure of the year is on.
  • As Georgie and Gabe drive away, Gabe pops the question and Georgie accepts.

Phrasal verbs

pop off

informal Die: when I pop off, everything will come to you
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  • Raymond Brown also died recently; all these great guys have all just popped off.
  • I just want there to be street parties when he pops off.
  • I felt like cheering when she finally popped off.

pop up

1Appear or occur suddenly: these memories can pop up from time to time
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  • There is no campaign and suddenly his name pops up, clearly presented by the British and the French who have been impressed by his negotiational ability.
  • Suddenly a commercial pops up for Colgate toothpaste.
  • So much for these chain stores that appear to be popping up all over the country.
Synonyms
appear, appear suddenly/unexpectedly/abruptly, occur suddenly/abruptly, come into view/sight, materialize, arrive, make/put in an appearance; come along, happen, emerge, arise, crop up, turn up, present itself, come on the scene, come to light, manifest itself
informal show up
1.1 Computing (Of a browser window) appear without having been requested, especially for the purpose of advertising.
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  • You see the warnings indicated by the red popping up on the screen.
  • It also pops up a screen asking you for permission to enter the site, all according to the rules.
  • You can float the mouse over the button and a tool tip will pop up with the command name.
2 Cricket (Of a cricket ball) rise sharply off the pitch: the ball pitched outside off and popped up
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  • Several balls have half deceived batsmen and popped up in the air or beaten the bat, but none have yielded a wicket.
  • In other words, excess of momentum in the upward direction, will make the ball pop up and close-in fielders are ever waiting to gobble up those half-chances!
  • Gough's third ball of the innings popped up on Darren Maddy and he presented Darren Lehmann with a simple catch at backward point.

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There are 4 definitions of pop in English:

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noun

(also pop music) [mass noun] Commercial popular music, in particular accessible, tuneful music of a kind popular since the 1950s and sometimes contrasted with rock, soul, or other forms of popular music: their quasi-psychedelic pop is pleasantly uplifting and danceable
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  • From The Smiths to Nirvana, much of the best pop and rock music has been made by fans.
  • Red Stage near City hall will feature pop and rock music with Thai ‘Luk Thung’.
  • Alarm clocks were going off, playing rock, Christian pop, jazz or reggae.

adjective

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1Relating to commercial popular music: a pop star a pop group
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  • Plus his band, in their various guises have plenty of catchy, commercial pop tunes.
  • He was already interested in progressive and anti-war politics, and new pop stars such as Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin fueled his passion.
  • Oberst is a strange hybrid: He's undeniably a pop star, and also undeniably an indie rocker.
2often derogatory (Especially of a scientific or academic subject) made accessible to the general public; popularized: pop psychology
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  • Self-esteem as portrayed by the current generation of pop psychologists is nothing less than self-worship, narcissism.
  • Red Dragon's goal of being a smart thriller is also tainted by the cheap and obvious pop psychology used to paint the characters.
  • You should have no problem finding general interest and pop science articles on his work.

Origin

late 19th century: abbreviation of popular.

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noun

chiefly US
informal term for father.
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  • But Blake grew accustomed to addressing my pop as his own dad.
  • And thank you, very sincerely, to everyone who sent well wishes to my pops.
  • Respect your moms, your pops, or whoever it was raised you.

Origin

mid 19th century: abbreviation of poppa.

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abbreviation

1Persistent organic pollutant.
1.1 (also PoP) Computing Point of presence, denoting equipment that provides access to the Internet.
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  • In addition, they pay for the right to place their PoP in the CO of the telecom company.
1.2(In the UK) Post Office Preferred, used to specify the size of envelopes and other items.
1.3 Computing Post Office Protocol.

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