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chop suey

or chop sooy

[chop-soo-ee] /ˈtʃɒpˈsu i/
a Chinese-style American dish consisting of small pieces of meat, chicken, etc., cooked together with bean sprouts, onions, mushrooms, or other vegetables and seasoning, in a gravy, often served with rice and soy sauce.
Origin of chop suey
dialectal Chinese
1885-90, Americanism; < dialectal Chinese (Guangdong) jaahp seui mixed bits, akin to Chinese zá suì Unabridged
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  • "He'll want to go to a Chinese heaven in a chop suey bowl sure," said Herb.

  • There were tea-rooms, cafeterias, Hungarian cafés, chop suey restaurants.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • "If they do pick up anything, it'll sound like chop suey," Tom ended with a chuckle.

  • chop suey isn't the only Chinese article made in this country, you know.

    On Secret Service William Nelson Taft
  • Would you blow her to a bowl of chow mein at some chop suey joint, or could you get by with a nut sundae at a cut-rate drug store?

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • Second story—Chinks and chop suey; third floor—manicures and foreign missions; fourth floor—poolroom.

  • Sit down, my dear, and John Chinaman shall bring you chop suey for lunch.

  • Put some well-seasoned cooked rice on a platter, pour over the chop suey and serve very hot.

  • That something mysterious goes on in the rooms back of chop suey restaurants.

    The American Credo George Jean Nathan
British Dictionary definitions for chop suey

chop suey

a Chinese-style dish originating in the US, consisting of meat or chicken, bean sprouts, etc, stewed and served with rice
Word Origin
C19: from Chinese (Cantonese) tsap sui odds and ends
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for chop suey

1885, American English, from Chinese (Cantonese dialect) tsap sui "odds and ends, mixed bits."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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