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transitive verbtransitive verb chops, transitive verb chopping, transitive verb chopped

[with object]
  • 1Cut (something) into pieces with repeated sharp blows of an axe or knife.

    ‘they chopped up the pulpit for firewood’
    • ‘finely chop the parsley’
    cut up, cut into pieces, chop up
    chop up, cut up, cut into pieces, hew, split, cleave
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    1. 1.1chop something offRemove something by cutting.
      • ‘they chopped off all her hair’
      sever, cut off, hack off, slice off, lop off, saw off, shear off
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    2. 1.2Cut through the base of (a tree or similar plant) with blows from an axe or other implement, in order to fell it.
      • ‘the boy chopped down eight trees’
      cut down, fell, bring down, hack down, saw down
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    3. 1.3Strike (something) with a short heavy blow, as if cutting at something.
  • 2Abolish or reduce the size of (something) in a way regarded as ruthless.

    • ‘their training courses are to be chopped’
    reduce drastically, cut
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Pronunciation

chop

/CHäp/ /tʃɑp/

noun

  • 1A downward cutting blow or movement, typically with the hand.

    ‘an effective chop to the back of the neck’
    • ‘Raymond leaped forward with a downward chop from his long sword.’
    • ‘Within seconds, downward chops and low slashes signal the beginning of the engagement.’
    • ‘He watched his father's neat, even blows, chops, cuts, and parries.’
    • ‘Then she made two quick movements - first a quick, but effective chop to Bobby's neck, then a retrieval of the gun.’
    • ‘He landed a fist to her chin and she countered with a chop to his neck.’
    • ‘I stepped to the side, easily avoiding a downwards chop.’
    • ‘As the swimmer completes his pull with a quick, downward chop of the hand, notice that he still maintains a broad surface area with the hand.’
    • ‘On the 41st minute though referee David Ross had Downpatrick howling for his instant dismissal of Peter Telford whose tackle seemed more a case of bad timing than a vicious chop.’
    • ‘Then a minute later the first yellow card and subsequent sending off ever in the National Hurling League came when James Walsh was sent to the line after a chop on his opposite number Gerry Quinn.’
    • ‘A chop strikes home, straight to the skull, a head is bloodied.’
    • ‘If it's a good excuse they get one light karate chop to the forehead if it's not they get a chop to the head and stomach.’
    • ‘With one arm out, the hapless soldier was quickly disarmed, then dispatched by a chop across his neck as he turned to run.’
    • ‘Chuck does an oddly contrapuntal kung fu chop in the aisle.’
    • ‘Then, with a single disarming chop to the back of his neck, Alex's eyes rolled back into his head, he swayed once, and then fell on the floor.’
    • ‘Neither talked for quite a while, both just sat listening to the steady swish, chop, swish, chop, of the axe in the wood.’
  • 2the chopBritish informal Dismissal from employment.

    • ‘hundreds more workers have been given the chop’
    notice, one's marching orders
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    1. 2.1Cancellation or abolition.
      • ‘all these projects are destined for the chop’
      notice, one's marching orders
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    2. 2.2The action of killing someone or the fact of being killed.
      • ‘seven men we all knew had got the chop’
  • 3A thick slice of meat, especially pork or lamb, adjacent to and often including a rib.

    ‘he lived on liver or chops’
    • ‘In the last year I have added it to white bean soup, squid with peas, chorizo stews, grilled lamb chops, roasted vegetables, baked beans, beef burgers and fish stew.’
    • ‘Cut open bag and slice lamb into individual chops.’
    • ‘There are four main portions cut from the pig carcass that qualify as pork chops: center cut chops, rib chops, blade chops, and pork sirloin chops.’
    • ‘Pork chops in a Peking-style barbecue sauce are scrumptious.’
    • ‘And the pork chop has both a studding of sage and an artichoke confit to thank for its holiday-dinner aroma.’
    • ‘Roasted cod has a brisk glaze of vinegar and Riesling; thin, tender venison chops are paired with an engaging juniper-and-celery-root gratin.’
    • ‘It's best used when grilling kabobs, burgers, chops and steaks.’
    • ‘The restaurant serves a range of culinary treats and the head chef lists fillet steak, veal chops and seabass among his specialities.’
    • ‘Heat the oil in a frying pan and sear the pork chops for four minutes on one side, pressing them down in the pan.’
    • ‘Veal chops and tuna and pork tenderloin are wonderfully grilled but shortchanged of their distinctive spices.’
    • ‘In the past two weeks I have barbecued skinny lamb chops marinated in spicy harissa, Greek sausages, calamari and some beautiful little sardines.’
    • ‘The menu is filled with stylish comfort foods like liver and onions, wood-smoked pork chops, and shell steak smothered in crisps of pancetta.’
    • ‘We'll have lamb chops, or a steak with mashed potato.’
    • ‘If you order the thick lamb chops, have them drizzled with anchovy butter; the grilled pompano is good enough to eat alone.’
    • ‘In today's society we go to the market to pick up steaks, pork chops, bacon, and other meat products, and we normally don't think twice about it.’
    • ‘So for Father's Day, I grilled thick pork chops - almost 2 inches deep - topped with a mint pesto and grilled yams and then sautéed green beans.’
    • ‘Among the English classics will be steak and kidney pudding, lamb chump chops, topside of beef, bangers and mash, and fish, chips and peas.’
    • ‘I would also be happy to drink this with simple grilled red meats such as steak, or lamb chops.’
    • ‘Other Sunset Specials include egg and bacon quiche, steak sandwich, pork chop with a choice of mushroom or peppercorn sauces and even a chicken curry Madras.’
    • ‘Finally, they would bring the entrée, which might be a steak, lamb chops, roast pork, rabbit, ox tail stew or veal.’
  • 4North American Crushed or ground grain used as animal feed.

    ‘the pile of chop was dropped into the calves' feeder’
    • ‘At least 30 peer-reviewed studies from grain, silage and green chop were analyzed.’
    • ‘Cut high to leave lower stalks in the field and never allow green chop to heat in the wagon or feed bunk.’
    • ‘To adjust price back to green chop, account for losses during storage.’
  • 5in singular The broken motion of water, typically due to the action of the wind against the tide.

    ‘we started our run into a two-foot chop’
    • ‘There's a bit of a wind blowing, and Lough Derg has a respectable chop on its waters.’
    • ‘The sea was lathering into a whitecapped chop and the wind was piping up.’
    • ‘Some are more suited to the heavy chop of open water.’
    • ‘Once a week, sometimes twice, without any apparent reason, the wind changes to the west in the Gulf, and brings western waves during the afternoon that cause a small chop but no roll.’
    • ‘The boat can be a bit tricky to handle in a following sea in part because the fine entry that makes her superb in a chop acts against her in a following sea.’
    • ‘While there may be a bit of chop on the water - rising costs being a growing fan complaint - overall the NASCAR ship is sailing on smooth seas.’
    • ‘Sun angle, wind chop and experience all are factors, as are these fishes' abilities to make themselves invisible.’
    • ‘This is nearly twice the power usually found on boats this size and provides lots of power for punching through chop and motoring against foul winds and currents.’
    • ‘A westerly gale had hit the area earlier in the evening, and there was a severe chop in the harbor.’
    • ‘The wind is blowing fresh out of the east, funneling up the river, and the tide is ebbing hard, setting up a steep chop.’
    • ‘The tide had perceptibly slackened and the surface of the sea settled from a small chop to an oily slick in which virtually every subsurface movement for yards around the boat could be seen though our polarised sunglasses.’
    • ‘From belowdecks the heartbeat picked up and darker smoke pumped from the smokestack as the engines were throttled up, the bow cutting through a light chop and sending a mist of icy spray across the deck.’
    • ‘The bulbous bow does bounce in small chop, but the clever design makes the Sitka feel as stable as a boat two inches wider.’
    • ‘In the morning the rain had stopped but the skies were dark and dirty, and the sea full of chop.’
    • ‘I told the technical advisor: five-foot chop does not contribute to quality surf.’
    • ‘A gale had come up, turning the surface of the sea to whitecapped, agitated chop.’

Pronunciation

chop

/CHäp/ /tʃɑp/

Phrases

    chop logic
    • Argue in a tiresomely pedantic way; quibble.

      ‘Does not this beautiful piece of chop logic rely on a false equivalence between hunting to eat and looking for sexual gratification?’
      • ‘Instead, they talk, chopping logic, competing with Alice and each other, and often mentioning things ‘natural’ animals might be imagined to talk about, like fear, death, and being eaten.’
      • ‘The Navy approach comes across as theoretical because it uses a textbook approach based on ‘chop logic’ and is not utilitarian.’

      Origin

      Mid 16th century from a dialect use of chop meaning ‘bandy words’.

Origin

Late Middle English variant of chap.

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verbverb chops, verb chopping, verb chopped

Pronunciation

chop

/CHäp/ /tʃɑp/

Phrases

    chop and change
    British informal
    • Change one's opinions or behavior repeatedly and abruptly.

      • ‘teachers are fed up with having to chop and change with every twist in government policy’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘barter, exchange’): perhaps related to Old English cēap ‘bargaining, trade’; compare with chap- in chapman.

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noun

archaic
  • A trademark; a brand of goods.

Pronunciation

chop

/CHäp/ /tʃɑp/

Phrases

    not much chop
    Australian, New Zealand informal
    • Unsatisfactory.

      • ‘that veranda's not much chop in bad weather’

Origin

Early 19th century from Hindi chāp ‘stamp, brand’ (see chaap).

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verb

West African
  • 1Eat.

    ‘come chop the soup I made for you’
    • ‘where are we going to chop?’
  • 2Acquire (money) quickly or easily, typically by dishonest means.

    ‘we're chopping money like we're just plucking it from a tree’
    • ‘while some officials want to serve, others want to chop’

Pronunciation

chop

/CHäp/ /tʃɑp/

noun

(also small chop)
West African
  • A small dish that can conveniently be eaten with the fingers, typically served as an appetizer.

    ‘wedding guests have come to expect a good selection of mouthwatering small chops’
    • ‘we serve the best chops’

Pronunciation

chop

/CHäp/ /tʃɑp/

Origin

Of uncertain origin.