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Date: 1300-1400
Origin: Perhaps from chap; CHAPPED

chop

1 verb
     
chop1 past tense and past participle chopped, present participle chopping [transitive]
1 also chop up to cut something into smaller pieces:
He went outside to chop some more wood for the fire.
Can you chop up some carrots for me?
Add two finely chopped onions and a clove of garlic.
chop something into pieces/chunks etc
Chop the meat into small cubes.
2 informal to reduce an amount of money by a large amount:
He suddenly found that his income had been chopped in half.
3

chop and change

British English informal to keep changing your mind:
You can't keep chopping and changing like this!

chop at something

phrasal verb
to hit something with a sharp tool in order to cut it:
They chopped at the bushes with their knives.

chop something ↔ down

phrasal verb
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

phrasal verb
to remove something by cutting it with a sharp tool:
The branch had been chopped off.
WORD FOCUS: cut WORD FOCUS: cut
chop to cut vegetables, meat, or wood into pieces
slice
to cut bread, vegetables, or meat into thin pieces
dice
to cut vegetables into small pieces
peel
to cut the outside part off an onion, apple etc
grate
to cut cheese or vegetables into small pieces by rubbing them against a special tool
carve
to cut pieces from a large piece of meat
saw
to cut wood using a special tool called a saw
chop down
to cut down a tree, using an axe
snip
to cut something quickly using scissors
shave
to remove hair from your face or body
trim
to remove small parts of something to make it look neat
mow
to cut grass
prune
to cut off the top part of plants, in order to make them grow better
cut

See also
cut

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