chop back


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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.
See also: back, chop

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.
See also: back, chop
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It can get a bit damaged by frost but don't worry, a good chop back every spring will keep it healthy.
I could hear Elliott Ward in the back of my head saying, 'Just set it,' but I knew I couldn't swing my right foot which is just for standing on, so I had to chop back in on my left again and luckily I knew as soon as I had hit it that it was going in.
The company recently came under fire for proposals to chop back part of its bus service between Conwy and Bangor by more than 50%.
The pensioner crashed three metres to the ground as he tried to chop back the hedge in the garden of his house, in Olton Boulevard East, Acocks Green.
One striking and unusual feature of this manufacturing recession is that while hard-pressed companies chop back their workforces, nobody seems deterred from borrowing by fear of losing their job.
Warnock almost got the chop back then but a shock 3-1 win over Liverpool earned him a reprieve.
The outcome was this week's decision to chop back the final bonuses so as to lower the value of the policies by 16 per cent.
NEW laws are being lined up to give councils the power to chop back towering conifer hedges.
You can chop back for fresh growth but there's no need until they get scrappy- looking.
Having been on the end of the Barnsley chop back in August, Megson is confident today will be a different story.
BA will also chop back services on less popular routes, concentrating on those more attractive to business customers.
To keep them blooming well, don't just deadhead spent flowers, chop back the flower stalk.
Chop back early-flowering shrubs, such as winter jasmine and forsythia, as soon as blooms die down.