Meaning of chops in English:


Pronunciation /tʃɒps/

plural noun

  • 1 informal A person's or animal's mouth or jaws.

    • ‘a smack in the chops’
    • ‘One can almost imagine Davis, under the window, telephoto lens extended, chops licked, ready for the fashion pounce.’
    • ‘For toddlers, there are special little ones for hands and faces, just in case you contemplate wiping a sibling's jam-smeared chops with a wipe designed for their baby brother's bottom.’
    • ‘His chops curled back to reveal the fangs, laid-back yet potentially lethal.’
    • ‘The beast sneered at the cut on the man's shoulder and licked its chops.’
    • ‘Old or not, he replied testily, that little shark was about to sink his chops into my leg.’
    • ‘Realizing now was time for action, he rolled from the snapping ivory teeth, the chops nipping at his feet as he narrowly escaped.’
    1. 1.1A person's cheeks.
      ‘his wobbling chops’
      • ‘Ever since Salome strutted her stuff for a plateful of chops (those would be the rather bristly chops of John the Baptist), women have recognised their power.’
      • ‘Griffiths said words were unnecessary as he had administered a swift hand to the chops of the new world number one.’
      • ‘Much as I'm a fan of Victoriana, I draw the line at Dickensian chops.’
      • ‘He trots his portly frame around the house, running up every day to say good morning to Mia and every day getting his chops slapped for his trouble.’
      • ‘And every morning she slaps him right across the chops.’
      • ‘If I could actually prove that he was a bigot I would be minded to slap him one round the chops.’
  • 2 informal The technical skill of a jazz or rock musician.

    • ‘when I'm on tour my chops go down’
    • ‘Some of my favorite albums consist of campfire singalongs by bands with modest acoustic guitar chops, cute names and even cuter accents.’
    • ‘The version of ‘Sombrero Sam’, however, really allows Emerson's funky keyboard chops to come to the fore.’
    • ‘They are a talented rock band, a post-rock group cut loose from the Chicago school, their chops honed to indie perfection.’
    • ‘There's no doubting the chops of Holland and his big band, but the songs and vocal efforts are a mixed bag of goods.’
    • ‘Regardless, Nastasia is an artist worth following, possessing the chops and songwriting skills to justify a long and fruitful career.’
    • ‘What the band lacks in originality (not to mention coherence and subtlety), it more than makes up for with committed chops and indefatigable energy.’
    • ‘They're not young men anymore, but Jackson and Co. still have solid chops and plenty of stamina, relying on themselves and no outside musicians, just like the old days.’
    • ‘The band's jazz chops are quite apparent in Garcia's tasteful playing and Phil Lesh's lead bass licks.’
    • ‘Nat was another person who combined great jazz chops with popularity.’
    • ‘His blues are powerful without being mawkish, his jazz adept and tasteful, his funk chops always an example to others.’
    • ‘On record, O'Callaghan is a delight, setting her classically-trained chops loose on a dizzying blend of cabaret, jazz and sophisticated pop.’
    • ‘Once possessing a powerful rebel yell and some melodic chops, this aging punk rocker offers up a bland collection of songs.’
    • ‘His youth becomes a complete non-issue literally from the get-go, as he displays incredible chops on both acoustic and electric guitar and on the piano.’
    • ‘The album's real strengths lay in the exploratory solo songs, which blended old soul vocals, horns, guitars and super-tight drum chops into seamless concoctions that often had the feel of a real band.’
    • ‘These guys are demanding attention and they can get away with being arrogant because this album has the chops to prove it.’
    • ‘His growth has never been in question, exploding with complicated chops and orchestrations on every album.’
    • ‘More than that, he made a decent record, one that might betray his lack of metal songwriting chops, but also his utter sincerity about playing this music for anyone within earshot.’
    • ‘Also, the trio has not completely figured out how to use its dazzling chops effectively without interfering with the main objective: to communicate with the listener.’
    • ‘No flash in the pan, no gimmick needed, they back up their chops with integrity and experience.’
    • ‘Earlier albums such as ‘Images and Words’ showed they had the chops, even though some of the songs turned into poorly-structured jams.’


    bust one's chops
    North American informal
    • Exert oneself.

      • ‘you've been busting your chops today’
      • ‘I've been training twice a day all year, busting my chops basically to make this team and now it's happened I'm stoked.’
      • ‘Their educational credentials range from Berkeley to New York, and all have busted their chops extensively playing every kind of gig imaginable - from rock bands to jazz troupes, from symphonies to bluegrass bands.’
      • ‘I came into university division coaching with the same mentality, different method, but going in the same direction where I wanted people to have fun, but I also wanted people to bust their chops to swim fast.’
      • ‘If anything, you mainlanders are busting your chops to get here and spend your loot on our cheaper property and housing markets; some in excess of $200,000 cheaper than anything in Melbourne or Sydney.’
      • ‘‘They busted their chops to get their bid together,’ he said of the local government.’
    bust someone's chops
    North American informal
    • Nag or criticize someone.

      • ‘I'm not busting your chops over this’
      • ‘Look, I know I've been really hard on you in the past, and I've busted your chops for a lot of things that really weren't your fault.’
      • ‘‘You used to be the one busting my chops,’ Steve told Maria.’
      • ‘I know I bust your chops a lot, but you're a real good kid.’
      • ‘You can't bust my chops for telling him about the place.’
      • ‘So as part of the customer service team, it will be your job to make prank calls to these companies and to basically ‘bust their chops’.’
      • ‘Larry and Mimi have lots of help and support to offer if and when I need it, and they don't bust my chops when I don't.’
      • ‘I'll stop busting your chops about Dante, I swear.’
      • ‘‘If one of us was lagging, the other three would bust his chops about it,’ says Yancey.’
      • ‘That's all I need, having the boss watch my every move so he can bust my chops.’
      • ‘On that score, as long as I have him on the line, I feel it's my duty to bust his chops a bit on behalf of crestfallen kids everywhere.’
      • ‘Passport control officers entered the train, and immediately started busting the chops of everyone in our cabin.’
      • ‘Not that he shies from making contact - actually, he's quite the opposite of shy - but if he does, it'll be to bust the chops of some poor wide receiver.’
      • ‘And you will bust your kid's chops if he or she screws it up.’


Late Middle English variant of chap.