lop

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
  1. verb
    cut off from a whole
    synonyms: discerp, sever
    break up, sever
    set or keep apart
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    type of:
    cut
    separate with or as if with an instrument
  2. verb
    cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of
    synonyms: clip, crop, cut back, dress, prune, snip, trim
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    shear
    cut with shears
    poll, pollard
    convert into a pollard
    pinch, top
    cut the top off
    disbud
    thin out buds to improve the quality of the remaining flowers
    tail
    remove the stalk of fruits or berries
    type of:
    thin out
    make sparse
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