to cut or sever with a quick, heavy blow or a series of blows, using an ax, hatchet, etc. (often followed by down, off, etc.): to chop down a tree.
to make or prepare for use by so cutting: to chop logs.
to cut in pieces; mince (often followed by up): to chop up an onion; to chop meat.
(in tennis, cricket, etc.) to hit (a ball) with a chop stroke.
to weed and thin out (growing cotton) with a hoe.
Fox Hunting. (of a hound or pack) to attack and kill (a fox that has not begun to run).
to make a quick, heavy stroke or a series of strokes, as with an ax.
Boxing. to throw or deliver a short blow, especially a downward one while in a clinch.
(in tennis, cricket, etc.) to employ or deliver a chop stroke.
to go, come, or move suddenly or violently.
an act or instance of chopping.
a cutting blow.
Boxing. a short blow, especially a downward one, executed while in a clinch.
a piece chopped off.
an individual cut or portion of meat, as mutton, lamb, veal, or pork, usually one containing a rib.
crushed or ground grain used as animal feed.
a short, irregular, broken motion of waves; choppiness: There's too much chop for rowing today.
rough, turbulent water, as of a sea or lake.
(in tennis, cricket, etc.) a chop stroke.
Idioms about chop
Other definitions for chop (2 of 4)
to turn, shift, or change suddenly: The wind chopped to the west.
to vacillate; change one's mind.
to bandy words; argue.
Other definitions for chop (3 of 4)
Usually chops .Also chap.
the lower part of the cheek; the flesh over the lower jaw.
the oral cavity; mouth.
Slang. the embouchure or technique necessary to play a wind instrument.
Slang. musical ability or virtuosity on any instrument, especially in playing jazz or rock.
Slang. the music or musical part played by an instrumentalist, especially a solo passage.
Slang. ability, talent, or skill, as in an occupation or activity: He began auditioning for roles in which he would get the chance to prove his acting chops.
an entranceway, as into a body of water.
Horology. either of two pieces clasping the end of the suspension spring of a pendulum.
Other definitions for chop (4 of 4)
an official stamp or seal, or a permit or clearance, especially as formerly used in India and China.
a design, corresponding to a brand or trademark, stamped on goods to indicate their identity or quality.
the signature stamp of an artist, printmaker, etc., testifying to the authenticity of a work.
quality, class, or grade: a musician of the first chop.
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How to use chop in a sentence
For marketers, one drawback to exploring Minis is the technical chops required to develop the apps, said Garrett Woods, associate director of platforms at Fullscreen, a social content company.
Meanwhile, Microsoft already has a social media business—LinkedIn—and has the technical chops to build a social commerce operation.TikTok: Everything to know about tech’s biggest soap opera | Danielle Abril | September 5, 2020 | Fortune
Vondracek harnessed his organizational chops to organize a 48-hour session involving 150 volunteers from among the many hundreds who signed up.
From 2005 to 2012, Brazil implemented land-use zoning and paid people not to chop down forests, reducing deforestation by 70 percent.To prevent the next pandemic, we might need to cut down fewer trees | Jonathan Lambert | July 23, 2020 | Science News
You don’t want somebody just chopping you up, put you in pain.Despite Recent Budget Vote, Reformers See SDPD Cuts as Inevitable | Andrew Keatts | June 23, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
He holds up his right hand—“A short chop right above the bridge of the nose”—and gives up a laugh.
On the same block, Northland chop Suey, a Chinese restaurant, has been looted at least two times.Ferguson's Other Race Problem: Riots Damaged Asian-Owned Stores | Tim Mak | August 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The nation that once revered him threatened to chop him up and fry him into calamari.The Amazing Tale of Paul the Psychic Octopus: Germany’s World Cup Soothsayer | Emily Shire | July 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He says he can chop about three an hour, and two face cords translates to 36 barrels.
You see people in war paint or doing the tomahawk chop and saying, “Scalp him.”Amanda Blackhorse Is ‘Confident’ Snyder Will Lose His Redskins Appeal | Robert Silverman | June 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They took their chop or steak at their inn or hotel, or visited the tripe houses.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
"No sabby lead chop till ploddem withee dipper," explained the Chinaman, imperturbably.Dope | Sax Rohmer
Not far away from the sloop could be seen plainly that tiny chop-sea which is caused by the breaking of a school of mackerel.The Rival Campers | Ruel Perley Smith
One old tree, split by a winter storm, I decided to chop down entirely.The Idyl of Twin Fires | Walter Prichard Eaton
M. Noel, in a dress-coat, very dark skinned and with mutton-chop whiskers, came forward to meet us.The Nabob | Alphonse Daudet
British Dictionary definitions for chop (1 of 3)
(often foll by down or off) to cut (something) with a blow from an axe or other sharp tool
(tr) to produce or make in this manner: to chop firewood
(tr often foll by up) to cut into pieces
(tr) British informal to dispense with or reduce
(intr) to move quickly or violently
sport to hit (a ball) sharply downwards
boxing martial arts to punch or strike (an opponent) with a short sharp blow
Western African an informal word for eat
a cutting blow
the act or an instance of chopping
a piece chopped off
a slice of mutton, lamb, or pork, generally including a rib
Australian and NZ slang a share (esp in the phrase get or hop in for one's chop)
Western African an informal word for food
Australian and NZ a competition of skill and speed in chopping logs
sport a sharp downward blow or stroke
not much chop Australian and NZ informal not much good; poor
the chop slang dismissal from employment
British Dictionary definitions for chop (2 of 3)
(intr) to change direction suddenly; vacillate (esp in the phrase chop and change)
obsolete to barter
chop logic to use excessively subtle or involved logic or argument
British Dictionary definitions for chop (3 of 3)
a design stamped on goods as a trademark, esp in the Far East
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