Definition of chops in English:

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Pronunciation: /tʃɒps/

plural noun

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: his wobbling chops
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  • 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 jazz or rock musician: 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: you’ve been busting your chops today
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  • 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: I’m not busting your chops over this
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  • 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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