There are 2 main definitions of karate chop in English:

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karate chop 1

noun

A sharp downward blow or movement executed with the side of the hand.
Example sentences
  • Instead, during the downswing, think of making a karate chop on the ball.
  • Hollywood superhero fantasies have left the sheep believing that manly men repel knife attacks with a deft karate chop or two.
  • His head was craned back, his chin raised, and Adam's apple exposed as if for a karate chop.

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Syllabification: ka·ra·te chop

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There are 2 main definitions of karate chop in English:

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karate-chop 2

verb

[with object]
Strike sharply with the side of the hand: she probably knows how to karate-chop a gun out of a man’s hand
More example sentences
  • All at once, Alex's flat hand had made one swift karate-chop to the side of the man's face, rendering him unconscious in seconds.
  • But don't worry, Mi Ling and Cleopatra Jones take care of business in the explosive karate-chop shoot-out action finale.
  • The two-plane swing also produces great distance; the karate-chop motion of the arms is a powerful lever.

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Syllabification: ka·ra·te-chop

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