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To chop something is to cut it with a knife or an axe.

  • He chopped an onion in half.
chopping an onion
  • Wood is chopped for firewood.
chopping wood
  • I chopped down a tree in my backyard because it died. (The preposition "down" is often used with "chop" when talking about trees.)
  • There are some other trees on my property that need to be chopped down or trimmed. (The word "chop" in this sentence is in the passive voice.)
  • Have you ever needed to chop down a tree?
  • Many stir fry recipes call for chopped vegetables. (The word "chopped" is an adjective.)
  • When food is chopped into very, very small pieces, you can say that it's minced.
  • What kind of a knife do you use to chop food?

There are a few other ways to use the word "chop."

  • A man with large sideburns has large chops.

(Sideburns: the hair on your face that leads to the chin. It's not a beard.)

  • A person who knows how to play the guitar well shows off his chops. (chops = skill)
playing guitar
  • A chop of meat is a large cut of meat, usually including the bone.
  • Lamb chops and pork chops are popular in the United States.
  • Chop sticks may be used when eating some Asian food. (Chinese food, Vietnamese food, Thai food, etc.)
  • Some people refer to a helicopter as a chopper.

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November 4, 2018







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