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cropper

noun uk   /ˈkrɒp.ər/ us    /ˈkrɑː.pɚ/ informal
come a cropper to fail badly, or to fall from a horse or have a bad accident in a vehicle: Having reached the final, the British have come a cropper against the more experienced German team. She came an almighty cropper when her back wheels hit an icy patch.
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