To lop is to cut a chunk of something off. You could lop off your long hair, or lop off the top of a Christmas tree to make it fit in your living room.

You can physically lop things, like when you lop the brown branches off of your ailing rose bush or lop off the bottoms of your jeans to make shorts. There is a figurative way to lop too, as when an editor decides to lop the ending off a story. Or, if you choose to drive to work instead of riding your bike, you can lop an hour off the time it takes to get there.

Definitions of lop

v cut off from a whole

discerp, sever
break up, sever
set or keep apart
Type of:
separate with or as if with an instrument

v cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of

clip, crop, cut back, dress, prune, snip, trim
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cut with shears
poll, pollard
convert into a pollard
pinch, top
cut the top off
thin out buds to improve the quality of the remaining flowers
remove the stalk of fruits or berries
Type of:
thin out
make sparse

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