- with haste; quickly.
Origin of chop-chop
1825–35; repetitive compound based on Chinese Pidgin English chop quick, of uncertain origin
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Examples from the Web for chop-chop
Talent does not understand such a process; it is mechanical, unvarying, chop-chop, day in and day out.Murder in Any Degree
Chop-chop means "very fast;" maskee, "don't mind;" Topside Galah, "Excelsior, hurrah!"Across America
James F. Rusling
Chop-chop—as the good yellow man might be tempted to say if he came upon this specimen of white wisdom.
When a cooly is sent on an errand requiring haste, he is told to go 'chop-chop.'The 'Fan Kwae' at Canton Before Treaty Days 1825-1844
William C. Hunter
Word Origin and History for chop-chop
"quickly," Pidgin English, from Chinese k'wa-k'wa (see chopstick).
CHOP. A Chinese word signifying quality; first introduced by mariners in the Chinese trade, but which has now become common in all our seaports. [Bartlett, "Dictionary of Americanisms," 1848]
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