British Englishinformalto keep changing your mind:
You can't keep chopping and changing like this!
chop at something
to hit something with a sharp tool in order to cut it:
They chopped at the bushes with their knives.
chop something ↔ down
to make a tree fall down by cutting it with a sharp tool:
A couple of the older trees will have to be chopped down.
Large areas of rainforest are being chopped down every day.
chop something ↔ off
to remove something by cutting it with a sharp tool:
The branch had been chopped off.
WORD FOCUS: cut WORD FOCUS: cut chopto cut vegetables, meat, or wood into pieces sliceto cut bread, vegetables, or meat into thin pieces diceto cut vegetables into small pieces peelto cut the outside part off an onion, apple etc grateto cut cheese or vegetables into small pieces by rubbing them against a special tool carveto cut pieces from a large piece of meat sawto cut wood using a special tool called a saw chop downto cut down a tree, using an axe snipto cut something quickly using scissors shaveto remove hair from your face or body trimto remove small parts of something to make it look neat mowto cut grass pruneto cut off the top part of plants, in order to make them grow better cut ➔ See alsocut
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.