verb (chops, chopping, chopped)
- 1 [with object] Cut (something) into pieces with repeated sharp blows of an axe or knife: they chopped up the pulpit for firewood finely chop 200g of skipjack tunaMore 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 something by cutting: a paper guillotine chopped off all four fingersMore example sentences
- ‘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 (a tree or similar plant) with blows from an axe or other implement, in order to fell it: the boy chopped down eight treesMore 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 (something) with a short heavy blow, as if cutting at something: Benson chopped the ball onto the stumpsMore 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.
- 2Abolish or reduce the size of (something) in a way regarded as ruthless: their training courses are to be choppedMore example sentences
reduce drastically, cut; abolish, scrap• informal axe, slash
- 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 often including a rib: he lived on liver or chopsMore 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.
- 4 [mass noun] North American Crushed or ground grain used as animal feed: the pile of chop was dropped into the calves' feederMore 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.
- 5 [in singular] The broken motion of water, owing 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.
the chop British • informal
- Dismissal from employment: hundreds more workers have been given the chopMore example sentences
- The board has, however, held out on implementing the redundancy of the three employees yet to receive the chop and is awaiting the proposed intervention by the Labour Minister.
- An announcement about exactly how many employees face the chop is expected within the next two weeks or so.
- During a company downsizing, the first employees to get the chop are older people.
- Cancellation or abolition: all these projects are destined for the chopMore example sentences
- Colchester MP Bob Russell is demanding to know if more of the town's post offices are destined for the chop.
- The retailer is looking seriously at the sub post offices in its stores around the country and it has already identified several as candidates for the chop.
- Alex Martin, of Gorse Hill, and Sarah Newman, of Old Town, say they are appalled that Malmesbury's small midwife-led maternity unit faces the chop.
- The action of killing someone or the fact of being killed: seven men we all knew had got the chopMore example sentences
- In November she got a criminal record after her pet pit bull gored a child (the dog escaped the chop thanks to her top-dollar brief).
- Each year, around 10 million turkeys are slaughtered for the Christmas table and millions of pigs, ducks and geese will get the chop, too.
- With a fixed grin on his face he drew his finger across his throat and pointed at the journalists below - a bizarre gesture with which he seemed to suggest it was not him, but the media who were somehow facing the chop.
- 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.
verb (chops, chopping, chopped)(in phrase chop and change) British • informal
- Change one’s opinions or behaviour repeatedly and abruptly: teachers are fed up with having to chop and change with every twist in government policyMore example sentences
- From my own perspective, I think the Australians are reaching a situation where they can chop and change the team, and I reckon that there will be an overhaul once the World Cup is over.
- So how come we let the people who lead the country chop and change every few years?
- Dimensions chop and change, and an almost magical dexterity keeps the viewer captivated and concentrating.
late Middle English (in the sense 'barter, exchange'): perhaps related to Old English cēap 'bargaining, trade'; compare with chap- in chapman.
not much chop
- Australian /NZ • informal Unsatisfactory: that veranda’s not much chop in bad weatherMore example sentences
- I agree with you though that the link pages it generates automatically are not much chop and do tend to look like link farms.
- The standard harness for the headlamps is not much chop.
- The breakfast was not much chop but for the price of the rooms we did not expect a great deal.
early 19th century: from Hindi chāp 'stamp, brand' (see chaap).