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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.
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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 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.
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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.
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Less needs to be at stake to justify chopping off an arm of mine than need be at stake to justify chopping off one of your's.
PESHAWAR -- Chairperson Provincial Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) KPK, Neelum Toru, while expressing grave concern over chopping off nose of a teenage girl by her husband in Swat district, has demanded of the authorities concerned to punish the culprits under relevant laws.
for chopping his finger and decided to revenge by chopping off any of the victim's organs.
KANDAHAR CITY (PAN): Taliban fighters denied on Saturday chopping off ears of four people working on reconstruction projects in southern Kandahar province.
Photinias will take shearing, but since the most ornamental aspect of the photinia is the new red leaf, you will be chopping off the plant's best asset.
Yesterday, the rumours of a witch chopping off braids of girls while they are asleep, led to the brutal lynching killing of an elderly woman in Agra.
Thiruvananthapuram Two people were arrested in Kerala on suspicion of chopping off a man's arm because he challenged them for teasing his cousin.
Jeremy, who lives with his partner Jayne Mullin, 30, said: "I do feel a bit silly chopping off my hand but I also feel very lucky - it's a tale to tell the grandkids.
Prime among these are the lovely, pure-voiced orphan gal Deladis (opera-trained Emmy Rossum) and the ancient porch-sitter Viney (a terrific Pat Carroll), whose sheer delight in hearing her voice played back to her is matched only by the relish with which she sings about chopping off heads and stabbing no-good men.