You don't kill a flourishing plant—in this case an Upas Tree—by lopping off a handful of leaves.
There's no sense in lopping off a few branches even of deadwood.
The April snow settled the question for him, and broke the branches he had thought of lopping.
Were it only the lopping off of a hand or a foot, I should not delay.
Two small gangs of men were at work, one felling, the other lopping.
Near the edge of the coppice Tom Gaunt was lopping at some bushes.
Then we let it wind along by the brook, lopping off dead branches which were in the way, and removing one or two small trees.
But the argument is simplified by lopping off the greater part of the premise.
The three men set to work, vigourously cutting down brushwood and lopping off small boughs of trees with their swords.
The shot took Ryan's right ear; then Spotty fired, lopping off the left.
"cut off," 1510s, from Middle English loppe (n.) "small branches and twigs trimmed from trees" (early 15c.), of unknown origin. Related: Lopped (mid-15c.); lopping. Place name Loppedthorn is attested from 1287.