With one’s lower jaw hanging due to extreme exhaustion or dejection.
- 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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