Chop-chop



[chop-chop] /ˈtʃɒpˈtʃɒp/

adverb
1.
with haste; quickly.
adv.

“quickly,” Pidgin English, from Chinese k’wa-k’wa (see chopstick).

CHOP. A Chinese word signifying quality; first introduced by mariners in the Chinese trade, but which has now become common in all our seaports. [Bartlett, “Dictionary of Americanisms,” 1848]

adverb

Quickly; at once •Used as a command or exhortation as well as a

modifier

: They cut out chop-chop

[1830s+; fr Pidgin English, ”fast,” fr Chinese]

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