come a cropper

British English INFORMAL
This page is about the idiom come a cropper.

Meaning: If you come a cropper, you fall over, or you make a mistake which has serious consequences for you.

For example:

  • 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.

Variety: This idiom is typically used in British English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

I came a cropper in the bathroom because

a. the tap was stuck

b. the water was cold

c. the floor was slippery

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Contributor: Matt Errey