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 Crooked Stick (A).Cropper. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Crop Up (or) Out.
 
To rise out of, to appear at the surface. A mining term. Strata which rise to the surface are said to crop out. We also say, such and such a subject crops up from time to time—i.e. rises to the surface; such and such a thing crops out of what you were saying—i.e. is apropos thereof.   1
 


 Crooked Stick (A).Cropper. 

 
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