Definition of chap-fallen in English:

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(also chop-fallen)


With one’s lower jaw hanging due to extreme exhaustion or dejection.
Example sentences
  • Some mocked the evacuation itself, as with one writer who ridiculed it as a ‘sudden and chop-fallen retreat’ that paled next to more ‘glorious feats of war.’
  • ‘Sorry I spoke,’ said Mr. Lathrope, rather chop-fallen at the way in which his suggestion had been taken.
  • Funeral pageantry is especially important in Hamlet ‘as a sign of human order rescued from the jaws of chap-fallen death itself’.


Late 16th century: from chap3.

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