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English definition of “cropper”

cropper

noun     /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.Failing and doing badlyFalling and droppingMoving downwardsAccidents involving vehicles
(Definition of cropper noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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