chop

To chop is to cut something by hacking at it. In many places, there are farms where you can chop down your own Christmas tree.

When you chop wood, you usually hit it with an axe, splitting each length into narrow pieces. A chef uses a knife to chop, hacking an onion into tiny bits, for example. When it's a piece of meat that's cut so it's attached to a bone, such as part of a rib, it can be described as a chop — like a lamb chop. And if someone claps his hands at you and says, "Chop-chop!" he means "Hurry up!"

Primary Meanings of chop

1.
vn
cut with a hacking tool
a small cut of meat including part of a rib
2.
v
move suddenly
3.
n
the irregular motion of waves (usually caused by wind blowing in a direction opposite to the tide)
4.
n
a jaw
Full Definitions of chop
1

v cut with a hacking tool

Synonyms:
hack
Types:
ax, axe
chop or split with an ax
Type of:
cut
separate with or as if with an instrument

v cut into pieces

Chop wood”
chop meat”
Synonyms:
chop up
Types:
hash
chop up
mince
cut into small pieces
Type of:
cut
separate with or as if with an instrument

v form or shape by chopping

chop a hole in the ground”
Type of:
create, make
make or cause to be or to become

v hit sharply

Type of:
hit, strike
make a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target

v strike sharply, as in some sports

Type of:
strike
deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon

n a small cut of meat including part of a rib

Types:
mutton chop
chop cut from a mature sheep
lamb chop, lamb-chop, lambchop
chop cut from a lamb
porkchop
chop cut from a hog
Type of:
cut, cut of meat
a piece of meat that has been cut from an animal carcass

n a tennis return made with a downward motion that puts backspin on the ball

Synonyms:
chop shot
Type of:
return
a tennis stroke that sends the ball back to the other player

n a grounder that bounces high in the air

Synonyms:
chopper
Type of:
ground ball, groundball, grounder, hopper
(baseball) a hit that travels along the ground
2

v move suddenly

Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
3

n the irregular motion of waves (usually caused by wind blowing in a direction opposite to the tide)

“the boat headed into the chop
Type of:
physical phenomenon
a natural phenomenon involving the physical properties of matter and energy
4

n a jaw

“I'll hit him on the chops
Type of:
jaw
the part of the skull of a vertebrate that frames the mouth and holds the teeth

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