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Topic: GARDENING

Date: 1500-1600
Origin: lop 'small branches cut off' (15-20 centuries)

lop

verb
     
lop also lop off past tense and past participle lopped, present participle lopping [transitive]
1DLG also lop off to cut something, especially branches from a tree, usually with a single strong movement [= chop, chop off]:
Workmen have lopped off more branches in an effort to save the tree.
2 also lop off to reduce an amount, especially of money, by a particular amount:
They lopped £16 off the price.
lop something from something
Citicorp plans to lop $1.5 billion a year from its operating costs.
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