[ chop-chop ]
/ ˈtʃɒpˈtʃɒp /
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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British Dictionary definitions for chop chop
pidgin English for quicklySee quickly
Word Origin for chop chop
C19: from Chinese dialect; related to Cantonese kap kap
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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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