Chops



[chop] /tʃɒp/

verb (used with object), chopped, chopping.
1.
to cut or sever with a quick, heavy blow or a series of blows, using an ax, hatchet, etc. (often followed by down, off, etc.):
to chop down a tree.
2.
to make or prepare for use by so cutting:
to chop logs.
3.
to cut in pieces; mince (often followed by up):
to chop up an onion; to chop meat.
4.
(in tennis, cricket, etc.) to hit (a ball) with a .
5.
to weed and thin out (growing cotton) with a hoe.
6.
Fox Hunting. (of a hound or pack) to attack and kill (a fox that has not begun to run).
verb (used without object), chopped, chopping.
7.
to make a quick, heavy stroke or a series of strokes, as with an ax.
8.
Boxing. to throw or deliver a short blow, especially a downward one while in a clinch.
9.
(in tennis, cricket, etc.) to employ or deliver a .
10.
to go, come, or move suddenly or violently.
noun
11.
an act or instance of chopping.
12.
a cutting blow.
13.
Boxing. a short blow, especially a downward one, executed while in a clinch.
14.
a piece chopped off.
15.
an individual cut or portion of meat, as mutton, lamb, veal, or pork, usually one containing a rib.
16.
crushed or ground grain used as animal feed.
17.
a short, irregular, broken motion of waves; choppiness:
There’s too much chop for rowing today.
18.
rough, turbulent water, as of a sea or lake.
19.
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Idioms
20.
chop / cut down to size. (def 89).
[chop] /tʃɒp/
verb (used without object), chopped, chopping.
1.
to turn, shift, or change suddenly:
The wind chopped to the west.
2.
to vacillate; change one’s mind.
3.
Obsolete.

Idioms
4.
chop logic, to reason or dispute argumentatively; draw unnecessary distinctions.
[chop] /tʃɒp/
noun
1.
Usually, chops. the jaw.
2.
chops.

3.
an entranceway, as into a body of water.
4.
Horology. either of two pieces clasping the end of the suspension spring of a pendulum.
Idioms
5.
bust one’s chops, Slang. to exert oneself.
6.
bust someone’s chops, Slang. to annoy with nagging or criticism:
Stop busting my chops—I’ll get the job done.
7.
lick one’s chops, to await with pleasure; anticipate; relish:
He was already licking his chops over the expected inheritance.
[chop] /tʃɒp/
noun
1.
an official stamp or seal, or a permit or clearance, especially as formerly used in India and China.
2.
a design, corresponding to a brand or trademark, stamped on goods to indicate their identity or quality.
3.
the signature stamp of an artist, printmaker, etc., testifying to the authenticity of a work.
4.
quality, class, or grade:
a musician of the first chop.
/tʃɒps/
plural noun
1.
the jaws or cheeks; jowls
2.
the mouth
3.
(slang)

4.
(informal) lick one’s chops, to anticipate with pleasure
/tʃɒp/
verb chops, chopping, chopped
1.
often foll by down or off. to cut (something) with a blow from an axe or other sharp tool
2.
(transitive) to produce or make in this manner: to chop firewood
3.
(transitive) often foll by up. to cut into pieces
4.
(transitive) (Brit, informal) to dispense with or reduce
5.
(intransitive) to move quickly or violently
6.
(sport) to hit (a ball) sharply downwards
7.
(boxing, martial arts) to punch or strike (an opponent) with a short sharp blow
8.
(W African) an informal word for eat
noun
9.
a cutting blow
10.
the act or an instance of chopping
11.
a piece chopped off
12.
a slice of mutton, lamb, or pork, generally including a rib
13.
(Austral & NZ, slang) a share (esp in the phrase get or hop in for one’s chop)
14.
(W African) an informal word for food
15.
(Austral & NZ) a competition of skill and speed in chopping logs
16.
(sport) a sharp downward blow or stroke
17.
(Austral & NZ, informal) not much chop, not much good; poor
18.
(slang) the chop, dismissal from employment
/tʃɒp/
verb chops, chopping, chopped
1.
(intransitive) to change direction suddenly; vacillate (esp in the phrase chop and change)
2.
(obsolete) to barter
3.
chop logic, to use excessively subtle or involved logic or argument
/tʃɒp/
noun
1.
a design stamped on goods as a trademark, esp in the Far East
n.

“jaws, sides of the face,” c.1500, perhaps a variant of chaps (n.2) in the same sense, which is of unknown origin.
v.

“to cut with a quick blow,” mid-14c., of uncertain origin, perhaps from Old North French choper (Old French coper “to cut, cut off,” 12c., Modern French couper), from Vulgar Latin *cuppare “to behead,” from a root meaning “head,” but influenced in Old French by couper “to strike.” Related: Chopped; chopping.

“shift quickly,” 1530s, earlier “to bargain” (early 15c.), ultimately from Old English ceapian “to bargain” (see cheap); here with a sense of “changing back and forth,” probably from common expressions such as to chop and change “barter.” To chop logic is recorded from 1570s. Related: Chopped; chopping.
n.

“act of chopping,” mid-14c., from chop (v.1). Meaning “piece cut off” is mid-15c.; specifically “slice of meat” from mid-17c. Sense of “a blow, strike” is from 1550s.

noun

Related Terms

ax, bat one’s gums, break chops, break someone’s chops, bust one’s ass, lick one’s chops

[senses related to skill fr notion of a jazz musician’s lips, chops, the essential for technique in ”blowing” the instrument]

noun

[1823+; fr Hindi, ”seal”]
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