verb (chops, chopping, chopped)[with object]
- 1Cut (something) into small pieces with repeated sharp blows using an ax or knife: they chopped up the pulpit for firewood finely chop the parsleyMore example sentences
- It was chopped up into small pieces and taken away.
- Large pieces of jewellery were often chopped up into smaller pieces known as ‘hack-silver’ to make up the exact weight of silver required.
- After that, take them out and leave them to soften slightly for 15 to 20 minutes, then peel them with a sharp knife and chop them into chunks.
- 1.1 (chop something off) Remove by cutting: they chopped off all her hairMore example sentences
sever, cut off, hack off, slice off, lop off, saw off, shear off
- ‘With the battery farming of chickens, they are kept in cages the size of an A4 piece of paper and their beaks are chopped off to stop them attacking each other, which they may do due to all the stress they're put under,’ he explains.
- One morning I chopped it off and can't say I've ever missed it.
- I end up buying them and chopping the bottoms off.
- 1.2Cut through the base of (something, especially a tree) with blows from an ax or similar implement, in order to fell it: the boy chopped down eight trees [no object]: the men were chopping at the undergrowth with machetesMore example sentences
- Residents in Station Road are angry trees have been chopped down to prevent leaves falling on to the railway line.
- Legend has it that Carver once chopped down a cherry tree.
- As soon as they moved out, the landlord came and dug up the garden and chopped down every single tree.
- 1.3Strike (a ball) with a short heavy blow, as if cutting at something.More example sentences
- Boone chopped a grounder to Bill Mueller, but the ball spun out of the third baseman's grasp for a charitable infield single to load the bases.
- Bruyns chopped a ball onto his stumps and Gamiet spooned a catch to mid-on.
- Guzman chopped a ball which Cairo cut off in short right but had no play on, loading the bases.
- 1.4 (usually be chopped) Abolish or reduce the size or extent of (something) in a way regarded as brutally sudden: their training courses are to be choppedMore example sentences
- At the same time it also announced plans to chop 3,000 jobs in a bid to reduce costs.
- Staffing levels at the city's library could be chopped.
- The firm put forward plans to chop Sunday bus services on three routes in the area.
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- 1A downward cutting blow or movement, typically with the hand: an effective chop to the back of the neckMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2A thick slice of meat, especially pork or lamb, adjacent to, and typically including, a rib.More example sentences
- 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.
- 3North American Crushed or ground grain used as animal feed.More example sentences
- 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.
- 4 [in 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 chopMore example sentences
- 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.
- Argue in a tiresomely pedantic way; quibble.[ mid 16th century: from a dialect use of chop meaning 'bandy words']More example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English: variant of chap1.
Entry from British & World English dictionary
verb (chops, chopping, chopped)(in phrase chop and change) British • informal
late Middle English (in the sense 'barter, exchange'): perhaps related to Old English cēap 'bargaining, trade'; compare with chap- in chapman.
Entry from British & World English dictionary
early 19th century: from Hindi chāp 'stamp, brand' (see chaap).