come a cropper
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British pronunciation/kˈʌm ɐ kɹˈɒpə/
American pronunciation/kˈʌm ɐ kɹˈɑːpɚ/
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to suddenly fail at something

What is the origin of the idiom "come a cropper" and when to use it?

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The idiom "come a cropper" is believed to have emerged in Britain in the early 19th century, and may have originally referred to a horse that stumbled and fell during a race. This phrase is often used to describe a situation where someone has experienced a sudden and unexpected setback or failure, often as a result of their own actions or decisions.

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