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What am I, chopped liver?

A semi-serious expression of frustration, anger, or indignation at having been overlooked and/or regarded as inferior. The phrase likely originated as a part of Jewish humor, referring to the serving of chopped liver as a common side dish (thus overlooked in favor of the main course), the taste of which many do not find appealing. A: "Mary is so smart, talented, and creative, I wish she were my best friend!" B: "And what am I then, chopped liver?" They said they wanted to hire someone else for the job. What am I, chopped liver?
See also: chop

chop logic

To argue in a tedious or pedantic way. I can't stand the way he chops logic! You can't have a conversation without him turning it into some tiresome fight!
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pork chop

1. A thick cut of meat from a pig. Often used in the plural when it is prepared as a meal. Well, at least sit down and have a pork chop with us before you go out! Mom said that she's making pork chops for dinner tonight, so don't be late!
2. offensive slang A black person who acts submissively toward white people.
See also: chop, pork

chop someone off

Fig. to stop someone in the middle of a sentence or speech. (Abruptly, as if actually chopping or cutting.) I'm not finished. Don't chop me off! The moderator chopped off the speaker.
See also: chop, off

chop (someone or something) (up) (into something)

to cut something up into something smaller, perhaps with an axe or a cleaver. The butcher chopped up the beef loin into small fillets. I chopped up the onion into little pieces.

chop something back

to prune vegetation; to reduce the size of plants by cutting. Why don't you chop those bushes back while you have the shears out? Chop back the bushes, please.
See also: back, chop

chop something down

1. Lit. to cut down something, such as a tree, with an ax. Please don't chop my favorite tree down. Don't chop down this tree!
2. Fig. to destroy something, such as a plan or an idea. The committee chopped the idea down in its early stages. They chopped down a great idea!
See also: chop, down

chop something off (of) something

 and chop something off
to cut something off something, as with an axe or saw. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) We chopped the dead branches off the tree. You should chop off the other branch.
See also: chop, off

chop and change

  (British & Australian)
to keep changing what you do or what you plan to do, often in a way that is confusing and annoying for other people After six months of chopping and changing, we've decided to go back to our old system.
See also: and, change, chop

Chop chop!

  (British & Australian informal)
something that you say in order to tell someone to hurry Come on, chop chop, up to bed!
See also: chop

get the chop

  also be given the chop
1. (British informal) if a person gets the chop, they lose their job Anyone who argued with the foreman was liable to be given the chop.
2. (British informal) if a plan or a service gets the chop, it is stopped Our local bus service got the chop, so I have to walk to work or use the car.
See also: chop, get

chop off

To cut something short by or as if by chopping; curtail something: The barber chopped my ponytail off. The butcher chopped off a hunk of meat for me.
See also: chop, off

chop out

To remove something by chopping or cutting; excise something: I chopped out a big piece of wood from the log. The editor always chops all the jokes out of the manuscripts.
See also: chop, out

chop up

1. To cut something into small pieces with a sharp tool: The cook chopped up the parsley. I chopped an onion up and added it to the soup.
2. To divide something into smaller segments: The editor chopped the manuscript up into distinct chapters. I chopped up the long drive by making frequent stops.
See also: chop, up


n. a rude remark; a cutting remark. That was a rotten chop! Take it back!

chopped liver

n. someone or something worthless. And who am I? Chopped liver?
See also: chop, liver


n. a place where stolen cars are cut or broken up into car parts for resale. The state is cracking down on these chop-shops.

on the chopping block

mod. in serious and threatening straits. Until this is resolved, our necks are on the chopping block.
See also: block, chop, on
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To make the pockets, slit chops horizontally to the bone.
Pork chops are the perfect complement to the grill - and we know that Americans across the country have their own methods for creating chop perfection," said Lampe.
The success of the Chop Chop[TM] franchise is primarily a function of the unique one-finger gameplay mechanics developed in all games and the innovative hybrid Paid/Free Business Model adopted.
For example, try stuffing a whole chop with savory fillings or slicing and cubing it to use as an ingredient in a less traditional recipe - two less commonly explored methods, according to the survey (2).
Olive-crusted Lamb Chops 4 lamb rib chops (about 2 lb.
With around 4 million downloads in the last 3 months, the Chop Chop[TM] series is quickly becoming one of the world's top gaming franchises on the iPhone/iPad platforms.
An Italian twist is to use chops and leave the meat on the bone.
As part of Rewards Network, Bob's Steak & Chop House is marketed through Web pages on the Rewards Network site and included in printed mailings and targeted emails to Rewards Network members.
This cut is not the same as a pork blade steak, which is cut from a totally different part of the pig and is technically not a pork chop at all.
Core and chop tomatoes into bite-size pieces and place in a 3-quart or larger serving bowl.
Place the basil leaves on a cutting board and finely chop.
of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, delivered a poster presentation discussing a Phase II study that is exploring the feasibility and effectiveness of first line use of ZEVALIN and standard rituximab plus CHOP (R-CHOP) chemotherapy in older patients with high risk diffused large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), a disease that represents approximately one-third of all lymphomas and primarily impacts people over 60 years of age.
The study was designed to evaluate Rituxan plus cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine and prednisone (CHOP) chemotherapy compared with CHOP alone as a front-line therapy, followed by Rituxan maintenance therapy or observation.
The Phase II clinical study assessed a two-part treatment consisting of CHOP chemotherapy (a combination-chemotherapy regimen) followed by the BEXXAR therapeutic regimen.