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  1. with haste; quickly.
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Origin of chop-chop

1825–35; repetitive compound based on Chinese Pidgin English chop quick, of uncertain origin
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Related Words for chop-chop

rapid, agile, brisk, nimble, hot, quick, swift, careless, hurried, impulsive, urgent, sudden, abrupt, ill-advised, expeditious, reckless, rapidly, instantaneously, swiftly, speedily

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Historical Examples of chop-chop

  • Talent does not understand such a process; it is mechanical, unvarying, chop-chop, day in and day out.

    Murder in Any Degree

    Owen Johnson

  • Chop-chop means "very fast;" maskee, "don't mind;" Topside Galah, "Excelsior, hurrah!"

    Across America

    James F. Rusling

  • Chop-chop—as the good yellow man might be tempted to say if he came upon this specimen of white wisdom.

  • When a cooly is sent on an errand requiring haste, he is told to go 'chop-chop.'

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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