Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

crop up

crop up
Meaning(s)
1) appear or occur, especially unexpectedly
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • a problem can crop up
  • Analysis
     Something which 'crops up' appears suddenly and unexpectedly without warning. To 'crop' means to sprout and that is why we refer to many vegetables and grains as 'crops'. If something 'crops up', therefore, it can arise unexpectedly. This is usually used as a casual expression. You can use it as an excuse: "I am sorry I can't be there today. Something cropped up." Or you can address things which you feel have been ignored: "I'd like to draw your attention to a few things that cropped up while we were testing the product." This is a phrase that can be used in social and professional contexts,
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. I will be travelling to London soon as some new business opportunities have cropped up for me there recently.

  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. My boss had to leave the Christmas party early. He said some major problems had just cropped up that needed to be dealt with urgently.
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