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Definition of Chop


  1. To cut by striking repeatedly with a sharp instrument; to cut into pieces; to mince; -- often with up.
  2. To sever or separate by one more blows of a sharp instrument; to divide; -- usually with off or down.
  3. To seize or devour greedily; -- with up.
  4. To make a quick strike, or repeated strokes, with an ax or other sharp instrument.
  5. To do something suddenly with an unexpected motion; to catch or attempt to seize.
  6. To interrupt; -- with in or out.
  7. To barter or truck.
  8. To exchange; substitute one thing for another.
  9. To purchase by way of truck.
  10. To vary or shift suddenly; as, the wind chops about.
  11. To wrangle; to altercate; to bandy words.
  12. A change; a vicissitude.
  13. To crack. See Chap, v. t. & i.
  14. The act of chopping; a stroke.
  15. A piece chopped off; a slice or small piece, especially of meat; as, a mutton chop.
  16. A crack or cleft. See Chap.
  17. A jaw of an animal; -- commonly in the pl. See Chops.
  18. A movable jaw or cheek, as of a wooden vise.
  19. The land at each side of the mouth of a river, harbor, or channel; as, East Chop or West Chop. See Chops.
  20. Quality; brand; as, silk of the first chop.
  21. A permit or clearance.

Chop Quotations

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. - Abraham Lincoln
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
Abraham Lincoln

The destruction of the natural beauty, the ecosystems, and the majesty of mountains affect us in ways we're not even aware of. Every time a mountain is beheaded, we chop off a little part of our souls.
Gloria Reuben

Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left.
Aldo Leopold

My grandparents back in Kentucky owned a tobacco farm. So, to make money in the summer, we could cut and chop and top and house and strip the tobacco.
George Clooney

I like to say, 'Chop suey's the biggest culinary joke that one culture has ever played on another,' because chop suey, if you translate into Chinese, means 'tsap sui,' which, if you translate back, means 'odds and ends.'
Jennifer Lee
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Chop Translations

chop in Dutch is fijnhakken
chop in Finnish is hakata
chop in French is hacher
chop in German is hacken, abhacken, abhacken, Kotelett
chop in Italian is tritare, costoletta
chop in Norwegian is hogge
chop in Spanish is picotear
chop in Swedish is kotlett, kotlett, hugga, hugg