Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A breed of pigeons with a large crop. See pouter.
  • noun A fall, as from horseback; especially, a fall in which the rider is thrown neck and crop over the horse's head; hence, failure in an undertaking.
  • noun A machine for facing cloth.
  • noun A powerful hand-tool for cutting off bolts or iron rods.
  • noun A plant which furnishes a crop: qualified by large or small, heavy or light, etc.
  • noun One who raises a crop or crops on shares; one who cultivates land for its owner in consideration of part of the crop.
  • noun A small bed-and-platen printing-press invented by George P. Gordon (1858) of New York, but named from the machinist (H. S. Cropper) who introduced it into Great Britain.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One that crops.
  • noun A variety of pigeon with a large crop; a pouter.
  • noun (Mech.) A machine for cropping, as for shearing off bolts or rod iron, or for facing cloth.
  • noun Slang. A fall on one's head when riding at full speed, as in hunting; hence, a sudden failure or collapse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a fall, a tumble; see come a cropper
  • noun a breed of domestic pigeon with large crop
  • noun a person who nurtures and gathers a crop
  • noun a variety of plant producing a good harvest
  • noun A machine for cropping, as for shearing off bolts or rod iron, or for facing cloth.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun small farmers and tenants

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

a bird's crop

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

an agricultural crop

Examples

  • Thus the cropper was a worker, not an owner; his status was halfway between a kind of serfdom and the autonomy of ownership.

    A History of American Law

  • Thus the cropper was a worker, not an owner; his status was halfway between a kind of serfdom and the autonomy of ownership.

    A History of American Law

  • Thus the cropper was a worker, not an owner; his status was halfway between a kind of serfdom and the autonomy of ownership.

    A History of American Law

  • Humor likes to explode pretension, pedantry, dignity, pomposity; we get a feeling of joy whenever those who are superior come a cropper, which is increased when we feel that they have no right to their places.

    The Foundations of Personality

  • But it probably doesn't affect anything even remotely, except to boost the morale of the looney Fascists of Hamas, their Euro-wally supporters, et al. But that is not necessarily bad, it may encourage them to get over-confident, over-step "the mark" and come the proverbial "cropper".

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • The "cropper" is barely a step advanced above the laborer, for he, too, furnishes nothing but labor, while the landlord supplies house, tools, live stock, and seed.

    Our Foreigners A Chronicle of Americans in the Making

  • There would be no 'cropper' which a man could 'come' so bad as would be his cropper were he to marry Marie Melmotte, and then find that he was not to have a shilling!

    The Way We Live Now

  • a well-developed "cropper;" his dromedary had put its foot in a hole, and had fallen with a suddenness generally unknown to the cameline race.

    The Land of Midian — Volume 2

  • "It isn't the first 'cropper' I have come; I shouldn't have minded at all, only for my head.

    Three Margarets

  • Carl Levin's political witch hunt comes a cropper.

    Crime & Punishment & Goldman

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  • his delusions and the croppers they cost him -- Edmund Wilson

    to see their betters come a cropper -- Tyrone Guthrie

    January 2, 2007

  • A printing press, a pigeon, a farmer, a fall from a horse. You pick.

    November 22, 2011