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    Smile popped out/up

    I can't make it tonight. Some problems just popped out/up and I have to work over time.


    Is it "popped out or up" in the above context? Thanks.


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    Re: popped out/up

    Neither - "cropped up" >> crop up - OneLook Dictionary Search

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    Re: popped out/up

    Thanks, Anglika.
    But doesn't "popped up" also mean "appear suddenly?"

    pop up - OneLook Dictionary Search


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    Re: popped out/up

    It can, but the idiom you need to use in the sentence you offered is "cropped up".

    "The problem popped up again" is a possible use. "The cat popped up in the garden" - again, this is a possible use. But if something gets in the way of your plans, it is usually something that has cropped up


    If you want your English to sound fluent, there are times when you will just have to accept an idiom as the one that is always used.

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    Re: popped out/up

    In America, I hear people say that something "popped up" far more frequently than I hear that something "cropped up."

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