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!"

Definitions of chop
  1. verb
    cut with a hacking tool
    synonyms: hack
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    types:
    ax, axe
    chop or split with an ax
    type of:
    cut
    separate with or as if with an instrument
  2. verb
    cut into pieces
    Chop wood”
    chop meat”
    synonyms: chop up
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    types:
    hash
    chop up
    mince
    cut into small pieces
    type of:
    cut
    separate with or as if with an instrument
  3. verb
    form or shape by chopping
    chop a hole in the ground”
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    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  4. verb
    hit sharply
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    hit, strike
    make a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target
  5. verb
    strike sharply, as in some sports
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    strike
    deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon
  6. noun
    a small cut of meat including part of a rib
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    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
  7. noun
    a tennis return made with a downward motion that puts backspin on the ball
    synonyms: chop shot
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    return
    a tennis stroke that sends the ball back to the other player
  8. noun
    a grounder that bounces high in the air
    synonyms: chopper
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    ground ball, groundball, grounder, hopper
    (baseball) a hit that travels along the ground
  9. verb
    move suddenly
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    move
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  10. noun
    the irregular motion of waves (usually caused by wind blowing in a direction opposite to the tide)
    “the boat headed into the chop
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    physical phenomenon
    a natural phenomenon involving the physical properties of matter and energy
  11. noun
    a jaw
    “I'll hit him on the chops
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    type of:
    jaw
    the part of the skull of a vertebrate that frames the mouth and holds the teeth
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