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"pop" in British English

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popnoun

uk   /pɒp/  us   /pɑːp/
  • pop noun (MUSIC)

A2 [U] (formal popular music) modern popular music, usually with a strong beat, created with electrical or electronic equipment, and easy to listen to and remember: pop music a pop concert/song What do you want to listen to - jazz, classical, or pop? The song reached No. 32 in the pop charts. She wants to be a pop singer/star like Lady Gaga.

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  • pop noun (CRITICISM)

take a pop at sb UK informal
to criticize someone, especially in public: She never expected anyone from her own family to take a pop at her.
  • pop noun (OCCASION/OBJECT)

[C usually singular] US informal each particular occasion or object in a series: She gives lectures and gets paid $5,000 a pop.
Idioms

popverb

uk   /pɒp/  us   /pɑːp/ (-pp-)
  • pop verb (GO)

B2 [I + adv/prep] mainly UK informal to go to a particular place: I've just got to pop into the bank to get some money. Paula popped out for a minute. Would you pop upstairs and see if Grandad is okay? Why don't you pop in/over and see us this afternoon?

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  • pop verb (PUT)

[T + adv/prep] informal to put or take something quickly: If you pop the pizza in the oven now, it'll be ready in 15 minutes. He popped his head into the room/around the door and said "Lunchtime!" Pop your shoes on and let's go.
pop pills informal
Phrasal verbs

popadjective [before noun]

uk   /pɒp/  us   /pɑːp/

pop.

uk   /pɒp/  us   /pɑːp/
(Definition of pop from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pop" in American English

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popverb

 us   /pɑp/ (-pp-)
  • pop verb (SOUND)

[I/T] to make a short little explosive sound, often by bursting something, or to cause this to happen: [T] The kids were popping all the birthday balloons.
  • pop verb (MOVE)

[I always + adv/prep] to move or appear quickly, suddenly, or when not expected: McEnroe hits it and the ball pops over his shoulder. There are lots of good young players popping up these days.
Idioms

popadjective [not gradable]

 us   /pɑp/
of or for the general public: pop art pop culture pop music

popnoun

 us   /pɑp/
  • pop noun (FATHER)

[C] infml a father: Hey Pop, can I borrow the car?
  • pop noun (DRINK)

[C/U] regional US (dated soda pop) a soft drink

pop.noun [U]

abbreviation forpopulation (= the number of people living in a place): Devil’s Lake, N.D. (pop. 7442)
(Definition of pop from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"POP" in Business English

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POPnoun [C, usually singular]

uk   us  
COMMERCE, MARKETING abbreviation for point of purchase
(Definition of POP from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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