• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Chops The jaws; also, the fleshy parts about the mouth.
    • Chops The sides or capes at the mouth of a river, channel, harbor, or bay; as, the chops of the English Channel.
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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 a jaw


In literature:

Rosalie, on the other hand, ate an orange in the morning, a square of toast at noon, a chop and perhaps a salad for dinner.
"The Gay Cockade" by Temple Bailey
Chop the smallage exceeding small, and put it in a good half hour before you are to take your possnet from the fire.
"The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened" by Kenelm Digby
The chop, which was dished up with a good deal of Chinese sauce, was ultimately forwarded to Elliot.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
The steady chop-chop of Tom's ax could be heard from the wood lot.
"Abe Lincoln Gets His Chance" by Frances Cavanah
Now turn into a chopping bowl and chop fine and then rub through a coarse sieve and it is ready for use.
"Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book" by Mary A. Wilson
I chopped off some meat and put it in.
"The Healthy Life, Vol. V, Nos. 24-28" by Various
Chops, mutton or lamb.
"Public School Domestic Science" by Mrs. J. Hoodless
If we were to cut off the twigs we would have to chop off the trees.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
Dey cleant up de yards, chopped wood, mended de harness, sharpened plow points, and things lak dat.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Great caution must be taken when chopping kindling-wood, as often serious accidents occur through ignorance or carelessness.
"On the Trail" by Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
Fry in olive-oil half a cupful of chopped mushrooms, four chopped shallots, a sprig of thyme, and a bay-leaf.
"How to Cook Fish" by Olive Green
Ye'll need to chop and burn off the trees, grub the stumps, and then plow for oats and timothy.
"Northwest!" by Harold Bindloss
He slew the man who had chopped her down.
"The Norwegian Fairy Book" by Clara Stroebe
I've chopped them through for skids.
"The Boy Ranchers of Puget Sound" by Harold Bindloss
Put into greased pan; sprinkle with chopped nuts.
"New Royal Cook Book" by Anonymous
Some give chopped or ground bones, or a lump of chalky marl.
"Poultry" by Hugh Piper
Cook finely chopped onion with the required amount of stock.
"Quantity Cookery" by Lenore Richards
Calmly he proceeded to chop his wood into small billets, for the more frugal use.
"Hoof and Claw" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Threshed grain, chopped roots, etc., when fed to sheep, should be placed in troughs.
"Sheep, Swine, and Poultry" by Robert Jennings
At breakfast came the promised chops.
"The Ice Queen" by Ernest Ingersoll

In poetry:

And puts Bill up with a snaffle,
A four or five inch spur,
And eighteen foot of greenhide
To chop the blinded fur —
"My Mate Bill" by Anonymous Oceania
Potatoes, biscuits, mush or hash,
Joint, chop, or chicken limb--
So long as it was edible,
'T was all the same to him!
"The Ballad Of The Taylor Pup" by Eugene Field
Your baker could the fashion set;
Your butcher might respond well;
With every tart a triolet,
With every chop a rondel.
"Facility" by Robert W Service
That was no very 'appy mornin' song.
I ain't excusin' my end uv the joke;
But, after that, things seem to go all wrong.
She never spoke
One narsty word; but, while the chops she serves,
'Er shrieks uv silence fair got on me nerves.
"Termarter Sorce" by C J Dennis
"Few lovers have the privilege enjoyed, my dear, by you,
Of chopping off a rival's head and quartering him too!
Of vengeance, dear, to-morrow you will surely take your fill!"
And GILBERT ground his molars as he answered her, "I will!"
"Annie Protheroe. A Legend of Stratford-le-Bow" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Her face is like a winther's sun, an' varra near as big;
Hoo's arms as red as any hep, an' fat as Kesmus pig.
No cheeany chops or donkey fringe, or flimsy pride to swell her;
Hoo's fourteen stooan if hoo's a peawnd—yon lass o' top o' Mellor.
"Yon Lass O' Top O' Mellor" by John Pickup

In news:

Chopping Block about the FSU Seminoles.
The news first hit last Friday: five programs at the University at Albany, and the equivalent of 160 full time jobs – chopped.
She loves to add chopped sugar snap peas to the bowl when they're in season, for a sweet crunch.
While pasta is cooking, chop all your bell peppers.
Miley, Elisabeth Moss, Anne Hathaway, and Charlize Theron have all boldly embraced the chop, and now Chan Marshall, a.k.a.
Maple, Apple, and Onion-Smothered Pork Chops.
Not only have you stepped back in the music realm, you've been exercising your acting chops as of late.
For breading combine bread crumbs, cheese, 1 pinch of salt, 1 pinch of pepper, ½ tsp chopped fresh parsley, 1 pinch of dry mint, and 1 pinch of granulated garlic.
The Bisquick®-and-cracker coating makes these skillet-cooked chops absolutely delicious.
Get the recipe for Breaded Pork Chops.
8 boneless pork loin chops, 1/2 inch thick (about 2 pounds).
2 pounds lean ground beef * 1/2 bottle Sprecher Special Amber * 1 cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped * 12 asparagus stalks, lightly tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper * 6 slices Asiago cheese * 6 English muffins * Salt and pepper, to taste.
Smoked Pork Chop Pineapple Glaze.
To turn this first course into a more substantial meal, toss the cockles and broth with pasta and chopped tomatoes.
Dice andouille sausage 2tbls Caramelized onion 3tbls Extra sharp cheddar cheese 1tbls Chopped parsley 1tbls Chopped green onion Salt and pepper to taste.

In science:

The vibrating reed tongue chops the air stream that drives its motion, resulting in complex pressure pulses whose waveform contains abundant higher harmonics having frequencies very close to integer ratios.
Music in Terms of Science
With the purpose to show that we have a crystal structure on Bm,i , which is induced from a module we will first chop all necessary conditions of an abstract crystal.
Realization of affine type A Kirillov-Reshetikhin crystals via polytopes
Given In , define In+1 to be the middle (λ − 1.1)|In |-part of f (In ), i.e. we “chop off” 0.55λ|In | from both sides of f (In ).
A pathological random perturbation of the Cat Map
By the above estimates we “chop off” enough to ensure that, unless f (In ) fully crosses U0 = [−a − β , a + β ] × [−d′ , d′ ], In+1 does not intersect with U .
A pathological random perturbation of the Cat Map
Since our aim here is simplicity rather than rigour, we are going to assume that all CMB experiments on small scales are two-beam square-wave chop experiments, with peak-to-peak chop α and (gaussian) beam width σ .
Quoting Experimental Information
To compute this path integral, one chops up S (and the link in S ) into simple pieces, deals with these pieces, and then glues them together using the axioms of a topological quantum field theory.
Knots and Quantum Gravity: Progress and Prospects
Chopping allowed for alternating on-source and sky exposures.
High angular resolution coronography for adaptive optics
However, if D 6= C then following previous procedures we can easily chop off C \ D and basically work inside D, getting a contradiction.
Random graphs in the monadic theory of order
While the data for the random chain follow the scaling prediction in (5.2) with δ = 0.5 ln h ≈ 0.20, z ≈ 2.5, the probability distribution of the RS-chain is chopped off: there is a L–independent cut-off at ∆Emin (δ).
Comparative study of the critical behavior in one-dimensional random and aperiodic environments
These strategies have included going to high, dry sites such as the South Pole and Teide peak on Tenerife and using triple-beam chopping or other similar techniques.
The Cosmic Microwave Background Anisotropy Experiments
Indeed, we are allowed to chop a system into pieces violently and reassemble them in several ways, each time waiting for the eventual establishment of equilibrium.
The Physics and Mathematics of the Second Law of Thermodynamics
Ad (A): It is clearly enough to show lim sup|w |→∞ But this follows easily form the subadditivity of F by chopping each w into parts of length n and a boundary word and using that the boundary terms tend to zero (cf. [12, 13]).
Uniform ergodic theorems on subshifts over a finite alphabet
Chopping by several degrees between ob ject and sky fields is necessary to obtain decent sky subtraction.
Distance Constraints for High Velocity Clouds from Optical Emission Lines
This standard result is most simply obtained by considering the four holomorphic functions (λ − µ)−1 ˆF ǫλ ,ǫµ (λ, µ) as the inverse Fourier-Laplace transforms of the Fourier transform of (λ − µ)−1 ˆf (λ, µ), chopped with the characteristic functions of the four quadrants of Fourier coordinates.
Fourier analysis and holomorphic decomposition on the one-sheeted hyperboloid
An ECOG randomized phase III trial of CHOP versus CHOP + radiotherapy for intermediate grade early stage non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Proceedings of the ASCO meeting, 1995. 15.
Monochromatic gamma emitter for low energy quanta