• WordNet 3.6
    • v chop hit sharply
    • v chop cut with a hacking tool
    • v chop cut into pieces "Chop wood","chop meat"
    • v chop strike sharply, as in some sports
    • v chop form or shape by chopping "chop a hole in the ground"
    • v chop move suddenly
    • n chop a grounder that bounces high in the air
    • n chop a tennis return made with a downward motion that puts backspin on the ball
    • n chop a jaw "I'll hit him on the chops"
    • n chop a small cut of meat including part of a rib
    • n chop the irregular motion of waves (usually caused by wind blowing in a direction opposite to the tide) "the boat headed into the chop"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged 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'
    • n Chop A change; a vicissitude.
    • Chop A crack or cleft. See Chap.
    • Chop A jaw of an animal; -- commonly in the pl. See Chops.
    • Chop A movable jaw or cheek, as of a wooden vise.
    • Chop A permit or clearance.
    • Chop A piece chopped off; a slice or small piece, especially of meat; as, a mutton chop .
    • Chop Quality; brand; as, silk of the first chop .
    • Chop The act of chopping; a stroke.
    • Chop The land at each side of the mouth of a river, harbor, or channel; as, East Chop or West Chop . See Chops.
    • Chop To barter or truck.
    • v. t. & i Chop To crack. See Chap v. t. & i.
    • Chop To cut by striking repeatedly with a sharp instrument; to cut into pieces; to mince; -- often with up.
    • Chop To do something suddenly with an unexpected motion; to catch or attempt to seize. "Out of greediness to get both, he chops at the shadow, and loses the substance."
    • Chop To exchange; substitute one thing for another. "We go on chopping and changing our friends."
    • Chop To interrupt; -- with in or out. "This fellow interrupted the sermon, even suddenly chopping in."
    • Chop To make a quick strike, or repeated strokes, with an ax or other sharp instrument.
    • Chop To purchase by way of truck.
    • Chop To seize or devour greedily; -- with up. "Upon the opening of his mouth he drops his breakfast, which the fox presently chopped up."
    • Chop To sever or separate by one more blows of a sharp instrument; to divide; -- usually with off or down. "Chop off your hand, and it to the king."
    • Chop (Naut) To vary or shift suddenly; as, the wind chops about.
    • Chop To wrangle; to altercate; to bandy words. "Let not the counsel at the bar chop with the judge."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Swiss Steak, Chop Suey, Russian Dressing, and a Hamburger all originated in the US.
    • chop To cut with a quick blow of a sharp instrument, as an ax; sever with a sudden stroke, or a succession of such strokes; cut in pieces by repeated strokes; fell; hew; hack; mince: as, to chop off a limb; to chop down a tree; to chop wood or straw; to chop meat.
    • chop To snap up; gobble.
    • chop To flog.
    • chop To put in.
    • chop To cause to cleave, split, crack, or open longitudinally, as the surface of the earth, or the skin and flesh of the hand or face: in this sense more commonly written chap. See chap, verb, I., 1.
    • chop To use a cutting instrument, as a cleaver or an ax, with a heavy stroke: as, to spend the day in chopping.—
    • chop To strike (at); catch (at); do something with a sudden, unexpected motion, like that of a blow.
    • chop To cut in; come in suddenly in interruption.
    • chop To utter words suddenly; interrupt by remarking: with in or out: as, he chopped in with a question. See phrases below.—
    • chop To crack; open in long slits: in this sense more commonly written chap. See chap, verb, II., 1.
    • n chop A cutting or severing blow; a stroke, especially with some sharp instrument.
    • n chop A slice of mutton, lamb, or pork, usually cut from the loin, and containing the rib. Long chops are cut through loin and flank. Rolled chops are cut from the flank, without bone. See mutton-chop.
    • n chop Figuratively, an extortion; a forced payment.
    • n chop In milling, the product of the first crushing or breaking of the wheat in making flour by the modern processes.— 5. A crack, cleft, or chink: in this sense more commonly written chap. See chap, n., 1.
    • chop To barter; truck.—
    • chop To exchange; substitute, as one thing for another; swap.
    • chop To bargain; chaffer; higgle.
    • chop To bandy words; dispute.
    • chop To turn, vary, change, or shift suddenly: as, the wind chopped or chopped about.
    • n chop A turn of fortune; change; vicissitude. Also chap.
    • n chop A jaw: usually in the plural, the jaws; the entrance to a harbor. See chap.
    • n chop In India, China, etc.: An official mark on weights and measures to show their accuracy. A custom-house stamp or seal on goods that have been passed; a permit or clearance.
    • n chop In China, brand; quality: as, silk or tea of the first chop. Hence the colloquial phrase first chop, first rate.—
    • n chop A lot of tea to which a common mark or brand is affixed; a brand of tea. A chop may contain a few chests or a large number.
    • chop In tennis, base-ball, and other games, to strike (the ball) with a short, sharp, glancing stroke.
    • chop In cricket, to strike down hard, with a horizontal bat, a low ball on the off-side.
    • chop To cut into short pieces, as straw or silage material; to chaff: sometimes with up.
    • chop To dig, or dig out, by a downward stroke of the hoe, as opposed to a horizontal movement: often with out.
    • n chop Material which has been chopped or chaffed. See corn chop.
    • n chop In cricket, a stroke in which the bat, held horizontally, is brought, down hard upon a low ball on the off-side.
    • n chop An authenticated or authenticating writing or inscription.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1990, a 64-year old Hartsville, Tennessee, woman entered a hospital for surgery for what doctors diagnosed as a tumor on her buttocks. What surgeons found, however, was a four-inch pork chop bone, which they removed. They estimated that it had been in place for five to ten years. The woman could not remember sitting on it, or eating it for that matter.
    • v.t Chop chop to cut with a sudden blow: to cut into small pieces: :
    • v.i Chop to change about: to shift suddenly, as the wind
    • n Chop a blow: a piece cut off: a slice of mutton or pork, containing a rib: a change: vicissitude
    • n Chop chop the chap or jaw, generally used in pl.: a person with fat cheeks: the mouth of anything, as a cannon
    • n Chop chop in China and India, an official mark or seal: a license or passport which has been sealed.
    • v.t Chop chop (Milton) to change: to exchange or barter
    • v.t Chop chop (Milton) to trade in: to bandy words
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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
Cf. LG. & D. kappen, Dan. kappe, Sw. kappa,. Cf. Chap to crack
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A form of Chap.


In literature:

Take equal parts of scraped fish and chopped suet, one tablespoon of salt and pound to a paste.
"The Cookery Blue Book" by Society for Christian Work of the First Unitarian Church, San Francisco, California
She had no chops, she confessed.
"A Sheaf of Corn" by Mary E. Mann
Add chopped onion and green pepper.
"Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking" by Unknown
Ordinarily a settler girdled his trees and chopped them down when they were dead, and then burned them into long logs.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
Chop the meat in fine pieces.
"Health on the Farm" by H. F. Harris
Th-th-there's ch-ch-chops, s-s-steak, b-b-bacon and eggs!
"The Old Tobacco Shop" by William Bowen
First he made gestures like a man hewing or chopping.
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
Get some of the boys to chop that redwood pillar, and we'll drive it down.
"The Cattle-Baron's Daughter" by Harold Bindloss
Scene of Korean Farmers Chopping Tobacco in 18th Century.
"Agricultural Implements and Machines in the Collection of the National Museum of History and Technology" by John T. Schlebecker
Chops and tomato sauce.
"If Winter Don't" by Barry Pain

In poetry:

The Shopmen, when their souls were still,
Declined to open shops-
And Cooks recorded frames of mind
In sad and subtle chops.
"On the Disastrous Spread of Aestheticism in all Classes" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Loins of pork and chicken thighs
And standing rib, so prime,
Pork chops brown and fresh ground round
(I crave them all the time).
"The Health-Food Diner" by Maya Angelou
"And I eat that cook in a week or less,
And - as I eating be
The last of his chops, why, I almost drops,
For a wessel in sight I see!
"The Yarn of the Nancy Bell" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Idmen gar toi panth, hos eni troie
Caught in the unstopped ear;
Giving the rocks small lee-way
The chopped seas held him, therefore, that year.
"E.P. Ode Pour L'election De Son Sepulchre" by Ezra Pound
"So he boils the water, and takes the salt
And the pepper in portions true
(Which he never forgot), and some chopped shalot.
And some sage and parsley too.
"The Yarn of the Nancy Bell" by William Schwenck Gilbert
I've treacle and toffee, I've tea and I've coffee,
Soft tommy and succulent chops;
I've chickens and conies, and pretty polonies,
And excellent peppermint drops.
"HMS Pinafore: Act I" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

4 lamb chops, cubed, bone removed 3 TBS.
1/4 cup chopped chives .
Stir in chopped chives .
To serve, sprinkle with 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives .
2 cups heavy mayonnaise 1/4 cup crispy applewood smoked bacon finely chopped 3 tablespoons of finely chopped chives whisked together.
1/2 cup finely chopped chives .
Finely chopped fresh thyme leaves 2 tsp.
Ground black pepper ¼ cup finely chopped chives .
If you buy just-shucked whole clams rather than already chopped clams in a container, use their liquid instead of the bottled clam juice.
The humble chive leaf is most commonly used chopped and sprinkled over baked potatoes, à la Wendy's.
Chop Shop 254 Tenth Avenue 212-820-0333 chop-shop .co.
Bill Roberts trims off the extra fat while preparing pork chops at The Chop Shop in Bradenton Friday.
1lb ground beef1 Cup chopped onion1 tbs soy sauce1 tbs worchestire sauce1 tbs teriyaki sauce2 tbs chopped parsely1 lb multi grain ziti.
Dragon and Chop Chop are Coming to Del Ray.
A very, very early look at Chop Chop, a design-your-own stirfry spot soon to open in Del Ray.

In science:

The need to chop the telescope between sky and reference positions filters out part of the largescale emission, which is usually weak enough to be close to the detection limit of the array.
Cold Dark Clouds: The Initial Conditions for Star Formation
Because the beams are not filtered and scintillation can be neglected at 1 0 µm with an 8.2 m telescope, the flux of the source is constant throughout a batch and can be accurately measured with the chopping sequence.
The molecular and dusty composition of Betelgeuse's inner circumstellar environment
As a consequence, the fringe modulation has to be normalized with the estimate of the flux of the source derived from the chopping sequences.
The molecular and dusty composition of Betelgeuse's inner circumstellar environment
The pulse repetition frequency is 50 Hz, the peak current ~30 mA, the pulse duration ~400 µs, and the duty cycle after chopping ~70%.
Accelerator design concept for future neutrino facilities
An intense nanosecond laser, pulsed at fairly low rate (≃ 10 − 20 Hz) is in general preferable to a c.w. laser chopped at high rate, as high ionization rates preferentially detect excited state molecules, whose production rate is much larger than for stable dimers.
Formation and interactions of cold and ultracold molecules: new challenges for interdisciplinary physics