chop down

Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.

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
References in periodicals archive ?
Some work has started to remove them but residents are angry because they claim they were not consulted and feel it is unnecessary to chop down all of them.
Initially, Laing Homes planned to chop down the centuries-old valley oak, but the developer agreed to relocate the tree instead of destroying it after Quigley's demonstration rallied strong public support.
Demonstrator Daniel Jewell said: ``They were trying to chop down the mature trees and we could not let that happen.
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.
Right now, when you chop down a forest, it just goes into the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
We might chop down the last tree," Hoppe says, before we know what we've lost.
PEOPLE who chop down or dig up Christmas trees in country parks are being warned they face being arrested for theft.
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.