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chop down

1. To fell; to cut down. Usually refers to cutting down a tree. A noun or pronoun can be used between "chop" and "down." We had to chop down that old tree to keep it from falling onto our house. It would be a shame to have to chop that old oak down just to make room for a parking lot.
2. To destroy or reject something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "chop" and "down." Now that the CEO has chopped down our idea, we need to come up with something better.
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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!
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The tree surgeon was drinking with friends in a pub in the Leicestershire town of Melton Mowbray on Friday night when they challenged him to chop down the tree.
DEVELOPERS who asked the city council to relax planning restrictions to allow them to chop down two trees have been branded "a disgrace" by councillors.
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Shakarneh added that settlers have recently intensified their attacks against the lands of Nahalin; they have persisted in their attempts to level the Palestinian villagers lands, pumper wastewater into them and uproot and chop down villagers' trees.
At a time when ash trees are being wiped out, why must we intentionally chop down healthy Chesterwood Road horse chestnut trees?
Council work-ers will move in next month to chop down trees in a leafy suburb after reaching agreement with protesters.
A Wirral family was given permission to chop down the leylandii trees it owns.
In the area to be mulched, you chop down any existing vegetation but leave it in place.
Television gardener Alan Titchmarsh looks set to win his battle with a council to chop down a protected tree to improve his sea view.
But in order to plant crops, they must first chop down or burn the forests--destroying the habitats of countless species in the process.