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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.Cutting and stabbing If something is chopped in business, it is stopped or reduced: Because of lack of funding many long-term research projects are being chopped.Causing something to endComing to an end

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 chopCuts of meat

chop noun [C] (CUT)

an act of cutting something with an axe, knife, or other sharp instrumentCutting and stabbing the 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.Firing staff and being fired 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.Ends and endings

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.The head and face 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.Playing musicSinging in general
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