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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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The mission to get British lamb chops back onto American dinner plates has moved a step nearer, Farming Minister George Eustice will announce at the National Sheep Event on Wednesday, 27 July 2016.
But now that we're putting the act together again I'm getting the chops back together.
Director Mat Whitecross chops back and forth in time to create a mosaic of flashbacks, dream sequences and musical interludes that leaves us none the wiser about the emotional turmoil which drove Dury towards the abyss.
Director Mat Whitecross chops back and forth in time but a mosaic of flashbacks, dream sequences and musical interludes leave us none the wiser about the emotional turmoil which drove Dury towards the abyss.
We'll still get the ham joints we wanted, but instead of lots of lovely rashers of bacon for breakfast fry-ups, we'll be getting a load of chops back, which are always handy to have in the freezer.
Her teacher suggested she transfer to the University of British Columbia "to get her chops back," where, much to her surprise, she was told she was an operatic mezzo-soprano.
Lay the chops back on top of the onions and season with a little salt and black pepper.
TESCO'S dairy customer assistant Ann shows off their pork chops back on sale yesterday.
radyrbluebird REALLY nice to see Chops back, with two big games up after Bristol, Chops can use the Bristol game to sharpen his shooting and put a few in.
With Whitts and McPhail now regaining match fitness, Chops back from suspension and others due back shortly, we can still kick on and make the play-offs.
No one would be surprised to see Chops back on the scoresheet against the Foxes this weekend, although whether he can do it with the style of two years ago remains to be seen.