English version

chop at something

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishchop at something phrasal verbSWING A TOOLCUTto hit something with a sharp tool in order to cut it They chopped at the bushes with their knives. chop→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
chop at There was Mrs Katz, impossibly animated, chopping at her mind.He turned and waded back into the wheat and chopped at it with a shovel.We watched the men bundle up their parachutes and move off through the dense undergrowth, chopping at it with jungle machetes.And I would rather do anything than chop at stumps that were bigger across than a small crowd.And there were men chopping at the trees.
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Verb table
chop
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theychop
he, she, itchops
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theychopped
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave chopped
he, she, ithas chopped
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad chopped
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill chop
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have chopped
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam chopping
he, she, itis chopping
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you, we, theyare chopping
Past
I, he, she, itwas chopping
you, we, theywere chopping
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been chopping
he, she, ithas been chopping
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been chopping
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be chopping
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been chopping
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