He came a cropper. He fell head over heels. To get a
cropper. To get a bad fall. “Neck and crop” means altogether, and
to “come a cropper” is to come to the ground neck and crop.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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