come a cropper
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- (originally) To fall headlong from a horse.
- (Britain, idiomatic) To suffer some accident or misfortune; to fail.
- She came a cropper on the stairs and broke her leg.
- 1879, Anthony Trollope, chapter 67, in The Duke's Children:
- I should feel certain that I should come a cropper, but still I'd try it. As you say, a fellow should try.
- 1953, Mervyn Peake, Mr Pye, William Heinemann:
- You tried to convey too much and you conveyed nothing. You came a cropper, major.