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pop1 S3 past tense and past participle popped, present participle popping
to come suddenly or unexpectedly out of or away from something
come out/off[intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
pop out/off/up etc
The top button popped off my shirt.
The ball popped out of Smith's hands and onto the ground.
out/up popped something
The egg cracked open and out popped a tiny head.
The lid popped open and juice spilled all over the floor.
to go somewhere quickly, suddenly, or in a way that you did not expect
go quickly[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] especially British English spoken
pop in/out/by etc
Why don't you pop by the next time you're in town?
I need to pop into the drugstore for a second.
pop round British English
Could you pop round to the shop for some bread?
to quickly put something somewhere, usually for a short time
quickly put something[transitive always + adverb/preposition] especially British English informal
pop something in/around/over etc
I'll just pop these cakes into the oven.
pop something round something British English
Barry popped his head round the door to say hello.
to make a short sound like a small explosion, or to make something do this:
short sound[intransitive and transitive]
The wood sizzled and popped in the fire.
to burst, or to make something burst, with a short explosive sound:
burst[intransitive and transitive]
A balloon popped.
if your ears pop, you feel the pressure in them suddenly change, for example when you go up or down quickly in a plane
7 especially British English spoken
used to say that someone looked extremely surprised or excited
to suddenly think of something:
All at once an idea popped into her head.
to ask someone to marry you:
Hasn't Bill popped the question yet?
to take pills too often, or to take too many at one time
to hit someone:
hit[transitive] American English spoken
If you say that again, I'll pop you one.
to cook popcorn until it swells and bursts open, or to be cooked in this way
popcorn[intransitive and transitive]DFC
13 British English humorous
pop offphrasal verb
pop something ↔ onphrasal verb
to quickly put on a piece of clothing:
Here, pop on your pyjamas and then we'll read a story.
to quickly turn on a piece of electrical equipment:
Pop the kettle on, would you?
pop outphrasal verb
I didn't mean to say it like that - it just popped out.
pop upphrasal verb
Click here, and a list of files will pop up.
Her name keeps popping up in the newspapers.