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chop

verb [T] uk   /tʃɒp/ us    /tʃɑːp/ (-pp-)
B2 to cut something into pieces with an axe, knife, or other sharp instrument: He was chopping wood in the yard. Add some fresh parsley, finely chopped. Chop (up) the onions and carrots roughly. informal Laura had her hair chopped (= cut) yesterday. If something is chopped in business, it is stopped or reduced: Because of lack of funding many long-term research projects are being chopped.
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chop

noun [C] uk   /tʃɒp/ us    /tʃɑːp/

chop noun [C] (MEAT)

a small piece of meat with a bone still in it: a lamb/pork chop

chop noun [C] (CUT)

an act of cutting something with an axe, knife, or other sharp instrumentthe chop mainly UK ( US usually the axe) the situation in which your job is taken away from you, either because you have done something wrong or as a way of saving money: If you're late for work again, you'll be for the chop. Anyone stepping out of line is liable to get the chop. Hundreds of workers at the factory have already been given the chop. the ending of a factory, school, etc. or plan: When the reorganization occurs, the smaller departments will be the first for the chop. Many of these special schools are facing the chop.

chop noun [C] (MOUTH)

chops [plural] informal the area of the face surrounding the mouth of a person or an animal: a dog licking its chops I'll give him a smack in the chops if he doesn't shut up. mainly US slang the way you hold your mouth when playing a wind instrument such as a saxophone , or more generally, your ability to play a musical instrument: She's got great chops for a 14-year-old.
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