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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.
See also: back, chop
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"The second, we'd committed too many men on one side of the pitch, and once they came out he chopped back inside and bent it in.
Tranmere Crewe Checkatrade Prenton tonight., "It was a nice little one-two, then he chopped back and put it underneath the keeper - he's in good form at the moment."
"If perennials have just been chopped back and have a good root system, and the roots are white and fleshy, that's another bargain to be had," says Christine.
While up on my ladder, I also chopped back whippy side stems of the wisteria.
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.
"It was an amazing turn, he chopped back on two defenders and rifled it in the bottom corner with an amazing finish.
If you haven't already chopped back winter-flowering shrubs, do so now - regardless of shoots appearing.
"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.
Essential services like policing are being chopped back; schools are under threat; libraries are being closed.
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.
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.