come a cropper
Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
- (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.