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’
cut up, cut into pieces, chop upchop up, cut up, cut into pieces, hew, split, cleaveView synonyms
- ‘finely chop the parsley’
- 1.1chop something offRemove something by cutting.
sever, cut off, hack off, slice off, lop off, saw off, shear offView synonyms
- ‘they chopped off all her hair’
- 1.2Cut through the base of (a tree or similar plant) with blows from an axe or other implement, in order to fell it.
cut down, fell, bring down, hack down, saw downView synonyms
- ‘the boy chopped down eight trees’
- 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.
reduce drastically, cutView synonyms
- ‘their training courses are to be chopped’
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’
- 2.1Cancellation or abolition.
- ‘all these projects are destined for the chop’
- 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.’
- 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.’
Mid 16th century from a dialect use of chop meaning ‘bandy words’.
Late Middle English variant of chap.
verbverb chops, verb chopping, verb chopped
- chop and change
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’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘barter, exchange’): perhaps related to Old English cēap ‘bargaining, trade’; compare with chap- in chapman.
A trademark; a brand of goods.
- not much chop
- ‘that veranda's not much chop in bad weather’
Australian, New Zealand informal
Early 19th century from Hindi chāp ‘stamp, brand’ (see chaap).
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’
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’
Of uncertain origin.