crop (v.) Old form(s): cropt
cut down, remove, hack off
1H4 V.iv.72[Prince Hal to Hotspur] all the budding honours on thy crest / I'll crop to make a garland for my head
1H6 I.i.80[First Messenger to nobles] Cropped are the flower-de-luces in your arms
1H6 II.iv.41[Vernon to all] he upon whose side / The fewest roses are cropped from the tree / Shall yield the other
E3 III.iii.40[Prince Edward to King Edward, of King John] I feared he would have cropped our smaller power
Per I.i.142[Pericles alone] lest my life be cropped
R2 II.i.134[John of Gaunt to King Richard] thy unkindness be like crooked age, / To crop at once a too-long withered flower
R3 I.ii.247[Richard alone, of his killing Edward, son of Henry VI] That cropped the golden prime of this sweet prince
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