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    hi teachers,

    what is the meaning of 'coming a cropper'?

    "the same infantile aggresion of jason has led him to coming a cropper last year"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_ExK
    hi teachers,

    what is the meaning of 'coming a cropper'?

    "the same infantile aggresion of jason has led him to coming a cropper last year"
    His plans failed. He was disappointed in his ambitions.

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    Hi ExK,

    I am not a teacher.

    To come a cropper means that someone fails because of their own actions. They may have attempted to do something in a foolish manner or tried to achieve more than they were prepared for.

    Hope this helps.

    :)

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    thanks ronbee and john d :)

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    It can also mean to get into trouble.

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    Coming a cropper.

    It's about failure and disappointment. When things go badly they have "come a cropper".

    Board dudes are coming a cropper
    http://www.emsnetwork.org/cgi-bin/ar...hive=3&num=241

    Coming A Cropper
    http://www.time.com/time/archive/pre...162162,00.html

    What happens when racism and terror are tolerated and appeased at home and abroad: French political dilemmas and the coming-a-cropper of pc-orthodoxies and racism (not least in the Arab immmigrant population in France)
    https://mail.lsit.ucsb.edu/pipermail...il/002318.html

    A hunting print in the dining room of Randle Cooke's farmhouse home shows three Victorian huntsmen coming a cropper simultaneously on the wrong side of a hedge. It is captioned: "There's many a spill 'twixt the find and the kill".
    http://politics.guardian.co.uk/Print...703385,00.html

    This, from the Word Detective, describes the origin of the phrase "to come a cropper". It's in the section titled "Great Leap Downward". He calls the phrase a "metaphor for failure". Go to: http://www.word-detective.com/030698.html

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    They look like disappointments.

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    If I got thrown from my horse I would feel something more than disappointment.
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    You had to be tough in those days.

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    LOL!

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