come a cropper
This page is about the idiom come a cropperINFORMAL
If you come a cropper, you fall over, or you make a mistake which has serious consequences for you.
- The prime minister came a cropper while coming down the steps and hurt his backside.
- A radio announcer really came a cropper when he made a racist remark. He lost his job and now he can't get another one.
This idiom is typically used in British English but may be used in other varieties of English too.
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Contributor: Matt Errey