By this kind of chop-logic we may prove any thing unconstitutional.
He invests the term "chop-logic" with the significance of foolery in excelsis.
You remember the absurd old bit of chop-logic often repeated in the classes of philosophy?
No, that is chop-logic: for words are only transitory noises, whereas man is the child of God, and has an immortal spirit.
More, when was anything that mattered ever settled by chop-logic of the sort that set my head spinning?
"to cut with a quick blow," mid-14c., of uncertain origin, perhaps from Old North French choper (Old French coper "to cut, cut off," 12c., Modern French couper), from Vulgar Latin *cuppare "to behead," from a root meaning "head," but influenced in Old French by couper "to strike." Related: Chopped; chopping.
"shift quickly," 1530s, earlier "to bargain" (early 15c.), ultimately from Old English ceapian "to bargain" (see cheap); here with a sense of "changing back and forth," probably from common expressions such as to chop and change "barter." To chop logic is recorded from 1570s. Related: Chopped; chopping.
"act of chopping," mid-14c., from chop (v.1). Meaning "piece cut off" is mid-15c.; specifically "slice of meat" from mid-17c. Sense of "a blow, strike" is from 1550s.
[1823+; fr Hindi, ''seal'']