• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Chopping Act of cutting by strokes.
    • a Chopping Shifting or changing suddenly, as the wind; also, having tumbling waves dashing against each other; as, a chopping sea.
    • a Chopping Stout or plump; large.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Centuries ago in India, a person could get their nose chopped off for breaking the law
    • chopping Stout; lusty; plump; bouncing.
    • chopping Running in short, irregular, broken, and interrupted waves, such as those caused by the wind blowing in a direction opposite to that of a strong current, or by the combination of different systems of waves: as, a chopping sea. Also choppy.
    • n chopping A corruption of chopine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 'Chop Suey' translates to something like 'pieces of meat' and was invented by Chinese railroad workers who didn't know how to cook anything except to 'chop stuff up and fry it'
    • adj Chopping chop′ing stout, strapping, plump.
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  • Auguste Rodin
    Auguste Rodin
    “I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don't need. [when asked how he managed to make his remarkable statues.]”
  • Yiddish Proverb
    Yiddish Proverb
    “One chops the wood, the other does the grunting.”
  • Henry Ford
    “Chop your own wood, and it will warm you twice.”
  • Henry Miller
    “The man who looks for security, even in the mind, is like a man who would chop off his limbs in order to have artificial ones which will give him no pain or trouble.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six sharpening my ax.”
  • Torley
    “Chop the slop!”


Bust my chops - When someone says that they're not going to bust their chops, it means they are not going to work that hard or make much effort.
Chop and change - If things chop and change, they keep changing, often unexpectedly.
On the chopping block - A person who's on the chopping block is in danger of losing their job or getting into serious trouble. A project that's on the chopping block is likely to be terminated.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Chop to barter


In literature:

Turn from the mould, cut into slices, and then into fanciful shapes; or chop fine.
"Salads, Sandwiches and Chafing-Dish Dainties" by Janet McKenzie Hill
Soon he was forced to snub the rope with his ice-staff and chop steps with his hatchet.
"The Keeper" by Henry Beam Piper
I chopped cook wood right smart, young mistress.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
We chopped up a couple of broken stanchions, that's all.
"Tom Slade at Temple Camp" by Percy K. Fitzhugh
Give him soup, and then a nicely done chop with a dish of spinach and some fried potatoes.
"The Simpkins Plot" by George A. Birmingham
When it was late in the afternoon he came to the woods and there he met a little boy of his own age, chopping down small trees.
"Tell Me Another Story" by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
Hereafter I am for that lamb chop thing, first, last and always.
"Skiddoo!" by Hugh McHugh
Agnes tripped out of the room, and presently returned with a couple of pork chops and some baked potatoes.
"A Girl in Ten Thousand" by L. T. Meade
Just before serving add a tablespoonful of chopped parsley and salt and pepper to taste.
"Vaughan's Vegetable Cook Book (4th edition)" by Anonymous
Just because I was bringing the chops to him.
"Roy Blakely, Pathfinder" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh

In poetry:

But he's an old fogy, you may know by this sign--
He don't smoke tobacco, drink lager or wine;
And swears that rich gravy, roast pork or chop,
Would kill a big ostrich, if stuffed in his crop.
"Mrs. Merdle Describeth Her Doctor" by Horatio Alger Jr
My brother Jim sells stuff to eat
Like trotters, tripe and sausage meat.
I dare not by his window stop,
Lest he should offer me a chop;
For though a starving bard I be,
To hell, say I, with charity!
"My Brothers" by Robert W Service
O'er ruined fences the grape-vines shield
The woods come back to the mowing field;
The orchard tree has grown one copse
Of new wood and old where the woodpecker chops;
The footpath down to the well is healed.
"Ghost House" by Robert Frost
Good ROBBER BROWN he muffled up his anger pretty well:
He said, "I have a notion, and that notion I will tell;
I will nab this gay young sorter, terrify him into fits,
And get my gentle wife to chop him into little bits.
"Gentle Alice Brown" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"I've studied human nature, and I know a thing or two:
Though a girl may fondly love a living gent, as many do -
A feeling of disgust upon her senses there will fall
When she looks upon his body chopped particularly small."
"Gentle Alice Brown" by William Schwenck Gilbert
and the trumpeter would not sound, fisted. Ha,
they hustle Clitus out; by another door,
loaded, crowds he back in
who now must, chopped, fall to the spear-ax ah
grabbed from an extra by the boy-god, sore
for weapons. For the sin:
"Dream Song 33: An apple arc'd toward Kleitos; whose great King" by John Berryman

In news:

1 package ramen noodles 1 small cabbage , shredded 4 stalks of green onions, finely chopped 1 cup almonds, sliced 1/2 cup sunflower seeds.
A delicious sweet-and-sour side dish to pork chops, or chicken – it goes with anything really.
2 hearts of romaine, chopped.
4 cups cabbage, shredded or chopped.
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped.
) 2 chopped Snickers candy bar s.
Roughly chop half the almonds.
2 Tbsp olive oil 1-3/4 cups onions, chopped 3 Tbsp garlic cloves, minced 2 lbs Roma tomatoes, peeled, seeded, chopped 1 28-oz.
1 Berkshire Pork Chop as needed, thinly sliced cabbage as needed, butter.
1lb Spaghetti 8 Slices Thick Cut Bacon, cut to 1 inch 1 Small Onion, chopped 3 Large Eggs, whisked ¾ Cup Grated Parmesan 4 oz.
A chef's dedication to unusual cuts combined with a ranch's commitment to humanely raised meat add up to one unbelievably good fire-pit meal—from grilled marrow bones to "caveman" pork chops.
1 cup freshly chopped cilantro, packed.
) 5 boneless chicken breasts 8 slices day old bread 4 eggs, beaten 1 onion, chopped 1 cup celery, chopped 1 tsp.
3 15 oz cans pinto beans, drained 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped 1 medium green pepper, chopped 1 medium onion, chopped 2 cups tortilla chips, coarsely crushed, divided.
Pancetta, chopped 2 garlic cloves, chopped 2 shallots, chopped 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced Spaghetti Freshly grated Parmesan fresh basil, julienned.

In science:

We have also successfully been using ‘3-bolometer chopping’, by choosing the chop position to be approximately coincident with two bolometers in the inner ring of the array, so that those negative signals can be added in, to improve the signal-to-noise32.
Known and unknown SCUBA sources
Most experiments will require some modulation of the instrument coordinate system with respect to the sky (“chopping”) to reduce systematic effects due to common-mode pick-up.
Experimental CMB Status and Prospects: A Report from Snowmass 2001
Fortunately, as in the temperature case, prescriptions have been developed for using likelihood analysis on chopped Q and U data to constrain the power spectra of E and B . (See and references therein, for example).
Experimental CMB Status and Prospects: A Report from Snowmass 2001
Note that the ACBAR FOV is obtained by chopping their bolometer array 3◦ on the sky.
Experimental CMB Status and Prospects: A Report from Snowmass 2001
We chop the domain into a collection of small rectangles and check on each rectangle whether the Taylor bound implies f < 0.
Some algorithms arising in the proof of the Kepler conjecture