• WordNet 3.6
    • n cropper small farmers and tenants
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cropper A fall on one's head when riding at full speed, as in hunting; hence, a sudden failure or collapse.
    • Cropper (Mech) A machine for cropping, as for shearing off bolts or rod iron, or for facing cloth.
    • Cropper A variety of pigeon with a large crop; a pouter.
    • Cropper One that crops.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cropper A breed of pigeons with a large crop. See pouter.
    • n cropper A machine for facing cloth.
    • n cropper A powerful hand-tool for cutting off bolts or iron rods.
    • n cropper A plant which furnishes a crop: qualified by large or small, heavy or light, etc.
    • n cropper One who raises a crop or crops on shares; one who cultivates land for its owner in consideration of part of the crop.
    • n cropper 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.
    • n cropper 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Cropper one who or that which crops: a plant which furnishes a crop: one who raises a crop for a share of it: a kind of fancy pigeon remarkable for its large crop
    • n Cropper krop′ėr a fall; failure
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Come a cropper - (UK) Someone whose actions or lifestyle will inevitably result in trouble is going to come a cropper.


In literature:

What a cropper he took, and how his head will sing to-morrow.
"The Banner Boy Scouts on a Tour" by George A. Warren
Goodness knows, when my turn comes, I shall come a cropper.
"Follow My leader" by Talbot Baines Reed
At 5 foot 3 Barnworth came a cropper; and I fancy he must have screwed his foot.
"The Master of the Shell" by Talbot Baines Reed
And, yes, we went out with the harriers; I had never sat a horse when he jumped anything before, and I came a couple of croppers.
"Dr. Jolliffe's Boys" by Lewis Hough
Cropper-street after the Cropper family.
"Recollections of Old Liverpool" by A Nonagenarian
Some had to work as share-croppers, some fer wages, and later on, some rented small plots of land.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
I had a dozen tremendous croppers down the rocks.
"The Dash for Khartoum" by George Alfred Henty
And stringy snares across the stairs cause unexpected croppers.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
She was one hungry 'cropper.
"Vigorish" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Mr. Cropper was opposed to our hiring you.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903" by Lucy Maud Montgomery

In news:

Happy Birthday Steve Cropper .
Two Pleasureville men have been arrested in Cropper and charged with manufacturing methamphetamines in a lab one of them had created the pervious night.
Booker T & the MG's guitar ace, Steve Cropper , steps out with a brand new band to pay tribute to The Five Royales.
"I don't care about being center stage," says Cropper .
Guests on Cropper 's "Dedicated," which will be released July 5, include B.B.
Can You Identify Today's KICKS Cropper .
It's the almost, sometimes daily, KICKS Cropper .
Cropper 's name rarely turns up on the front cover of albums.
Cropper 's family and friends were on hand Sept 25 for the dedication of the Mary Jo Cropper Media Center at Donovan Elementary School in Lebanon.
Ward Presented With $1,000 Donation From Atlantic/Smith, Cropper And Deeley.
Luke Fowler, The Poor Stockinger, the Luddite Cropper and the Deluded Followers of Joanna Southcott, 2012.
Jimmy Campbell, Reginald Connelly, Harry WoodsProducers: Steve Cropper, Jim StewartReleased: Dec '66, Stax10 weeks.
She was born Dec 5, 1938, at Valley Falls, the daughter of Marvin and Mary Boyd Cropper.
Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley Employees Participate In Lee National Denium Day.
Jack Nicholson, Reba McIntyre and songwriter Steve Cropper ("Dock of the Bay"), among others.

In science:

Among the spin-orbit synchronized magnetic CVs (Polars) it is common to find the principal magnetic pole advanced somewhat prograde of the secondary in its orbit (Cropper 1988).
New Low Accretion-Rate Magnetic Binary Systems and their Significance for the Evolution of Cataclysmic Variables
AM Canum Venaticorum (AM CVn) systems are a select group of ultracompact binary systems, with orbital periods extending down to tens of minutes (e.g., see reviews by Warner 1995; Cropper et al. 2004; Nelemans 2005; Ramsay et al. 2007).
Two More Candidate AM Canum Venaticorum (AM CVn) Binaries from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
Indeed, spirals have been witnessed also in other N-body simulations and interpreted in terms of other theories (Sellwood & Carlberg 1984; D’Onghia, Vogelsberger & Hernquist 2012; Grand, Kawata & Cropper 2012; Sellwood 2012).
Manifold-driven spirals in N-body barred galaxy simulations
Cropper et al. presented X-ray observations of RX J1914+24 and claimed that the most likely interpretation of their data was that of a double degenerate Polar.
The optical counterpart of the double degenerate polar RX J1914+24
Cropper et al. (1998) reported X-ray observations obtained using ROSAT of the X-ray source RX J1914+24 discovered by Motch et al. (1996) and attribute the 569 sec period they detected to the binary orbital period.
The optical counterpart of the double degenerate polar RX J1914+24