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when we say "For entertainment, she couldn’t go to the movies at $8 a pop", what "a pop" means?

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closed as general reference by J.R., Mehper C. Palavuzlar, Matt E. Эллен, Andrew Leach, tchrist Aug 6 '12 at 12:09

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

a pop == apiece || each – Em1 Aug 6 '12 at 10:21
I know the question doesn't ask for a history of the phrase but I am interested in its etymology - has anyone found anything definitive? Cursory Google searches have shown up nothing for me. – Andy F Aug 6 '12 at 10:32
@AndyF You might rescue the question from being closed (or get it reopened) if you add that in. – Andrew Leach Aug 6 '12 at 11:12

The OED’s definition 3c of pop is ‘A turn at doing something; an attempt; a go; a time’ and the earliest citation supporting this sense is dated 1839.

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