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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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Dr_ExK said:
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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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/artman/exec/view.cgi?archive=3&num=241

Coming A Cropper
http://www.time.com/time/archive/preview/from_redirect/0,10987,1101930809-162162,00.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/gordon-newspost/2002-April/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/0,3858,4703385,00.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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