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chop back

To prune something, such as trees, bushes, or plants. A noun or pronoun can be used between "chop" and "back." I need to chop back this tree because it's so overgrown that I can barely open my car door anymore.
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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.
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Marcus Rashford sprinted away from the defender, chopped back as the right back lunged to block, then rifled past Karius.
But make no mistake, these thick, heavy thatches of grassland will force suffering pros to take their medicine all right - even though US Open bosses caved in and chopped back the heavy fescue rough at four holes earlier this week.
Worried USGA bosses - fearing another player backlash after controversies marred the previous two US Opens - chopped back the heavy grass rough on four holes at Erin Hills yesterday.
While you can deadhead bedding plants, perennials and roses to encourage new flowers, some plants such as lupins, hardy geraniums and oriental poppies need to be chopped back completely when their flowers go over.
Add roughly chopped back bacon (visible fat removed), fry for two minutes and drain off any liquid.
It was an amazing turn, he chopped back on two defenders and rifled it in the bottom corner with an amazing finish.
It's nobody's fault, least of all hers, but it doesn't matter if you're in a sprint or running over 700m, if you get continuously chopped back in a field of railers there's no miracle answer.
Valsecchi and Grosjean were side by side out of the corner and into the lead, and when Razia chopped back on track the Frenchman had nowhere to go and dropped back to third to avoid being squeezed on either side.
It quoted Oil Minister Masud Mir-Kazemi as saying the 100-liter a month quota would be chopped back to 55 liters under legislation that is now before the Majlis.
Spring-flowering meadows should be chopped back this month.
The most widely seen is the umbrella plant (Cyperus alternifolius), which may pop up almost anywhere and will spread with weedy determination unless it is relentlessly chopped back or excavated.
The crews ran through their shutdown checklists, chopped back the engine condition levers, and put on the rotor brakes for the last time, to a hearty round of applause from the crowd.
Mueller-Warrant conducted research showing that certain weeds were more easily controlled when the straw was chopped back onto the fields, while other weeds required different herbicides for their control.