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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, what

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 and change

To continually change one's course of action, to the confusion or irritation of others. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. When we chop and change this much, it frustrates our customers. We need to set a schedule and stick to it.
See also: and, change, chop

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.
See also: back, chop

chop chop

informal Hurry up! Move faster! This is a major client, so I need the report done right now, chop chop! Chop chop, people, we need to make 20 more before we're done.
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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.
See also: chop, down

chop off

1. To cut something off of something else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "chop" and "off." We had to chop off that branch because it was in danger of falling on our house. I decided to chop my hair off because I needed a change in my life.
2. To stop someone abruptly while they are talking. A noun or pronoun can be used between "chop" and "off." I had to chop him off because his boring story was putting me to sleep.
See also: chop, off

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.
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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.
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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!
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!
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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 spread, place apple pieces, peanuts, honey, lemon juice and cinnamon in a food processor fitted with a chopping blade or blender.
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When working with raw onions, rinse them with cold water after slicing or chopping for a crisper, cleaner flavor and to keep them from souring.
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Place artichoke bottoms in a work bowl of a food processor; process until finely chopped or place on a chopping board and chop with a knife.