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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 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
References in classic literature ?
"I was born the son of a woodman who chopped down trees in the forest and sold the wood for a living.
The cocoanuts and bananas were chopped down, the taro gardens uprooted, and the pigs and chickens killed.
The villages were burned, the canoes smashed, the chickens and pigs killed, and the precious cocoanut trees chopped down. For a month this continued, when the schooner sailed away; but the fear of the white man had been seared into the souls of the islanders and never again were they rash enough to harm one.
Now in America that interesting tree would be chopped down or forgotten within the next five years, but it will be treasured here.
The engagement commenced with about two hundred chops administered by the short sailor and the tall sailor alternately, without producing any particular result, until the short sailor was chopped down on one knee; but this was nothing to him, for he worked himself about on the one knee with the assistance of his left hand, and fought most desperately until the tall sailor chopped his sword out of his grasp.
Wade took the long drive Martin, under his father's guidance, chopped down enough trees to build a little lean-to kitchen and make-shift stable.
Large trees had been chopped down fifteen or twenty feet above the ground, and upon the tops of them spherical habitations of woven twigs, mud covered, had been built.
I only moved to the city a few years ago but I have watched younger children enjoying themselves on that old tree and it was very sad when it was chopped down.
Israeli settlers Tuesday chopped down Palestinian private-owned olive trees and
A landmark tree in Coventry was finally chopped down today - but a 12-year-old boy has persuaded the city council to ensure his supply of conkers will continue.
Debut midfielder Craig Bellamy, 18, was chopped down from behind by Danny Mills, who was booked.
BETHLEHEM, May 3, 2014 -- (WAFA) -- Israeli settlers chopped down Saturday scores of Roman-era olive trees near Nahalin located to the west of Bethlehem, a local official said.
outposts of Ma'on and Abigail Monday chopped down olive trees in an area east ofYatta,
Trees have to be chopped down to make more farmland for food and housing, but the irony is that rainforests grow on really poor soil and the trees and plants are well adapted to use the meagre nutrients in the soil.
It would have seen seven mature trees chopped down to create 70 new parking spaces in a bid to cater for increased demand at the park.