1A person’s or animal’s mouth or jaws: a smack in the chops
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- More recently the same liberals have, of course, been publicly licking their unseemly chops at his widely publicized personal setbacks.
- One can almost imagine Davis, under the window, telephoto lens extended, chops licked, ready for the fashion pounce.
- For toddlers, there are special little ones for hands and faces, just in case you contemplate wiping a sibling's jam-smeared chops with a wipe designed for their baby brother's bottom.
1.1A person’s cheeks; jowls.
- Ever since Salome strutted her stuff for a plateful of chops (those would be the rather bristly chops of John the Baptist), women have recognised their power.
- Griffiths said words were unnecessary as he had administered a swift hand to the chops of the new world number one.
- Much as I'm a fan of Victoriana, I draw the line at Dickensian chops.
2The technical skill of a musician, especially one who plays jazz: when I’m on tour, my chops go down
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- Some of my favorite albums consist of campfire singalongs by bands with modest acoustic guitar chops, cute names and even cuter accents.
- The version of ‘Sombrero Sam’, however, really allows Emerson's funky keyboard chops to come to the fore.
- They are a talented rock band, a post-rock group cut loose from the Chicago school, their chops honed to indie perfection.
bust one's chops
- North American informal Exert oneself.Example sentences
- I've been training twice a day all year, busting my chops basically to make this team and now it's happened I'm stoked.
- Their educational credentials range from Berkeley to New York, and all have busted their chops extensively playing every kind of gig imaginable - from rock bands to jazz troupes, from symphonies to bluegrass bands.
- I came into university division coaching with the same mentality, different method, but going in the same direction where I wanted people to have fun, but I also wanted people to bust their chops to swim fast.
bust someone's chops
- North American informal Nag or criticize someone.Example sentences
- Look, I know I've been really hard on you in the past, and I've busted your chops for a lot of things that really weren't your fault.
- ‘You used to be the one busting my chops,’ Steve told Maria.
- I know I bust your chops a lot, but you're a real good kid.
Late Middle English: variant of chap3.
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