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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: chop, off
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Last week, we reported how Lawrence March arrived at the Wardley Lane stables to tend to his cobs Billy and Major, only to find that their manes and tails had been chopped off by the mystery crook.
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That security is destroyed the day Molly plays in the snow and finds a woman chopped off nail polished finger.
The head had separated from the body as though it had been chopped off by a sharp sword.
He was particularly enchanted with the use of "necklacing," a method of torture-murder pioneered by South African terrorists to deal with their opponents: The victim is soaked in gasoline, and has a burning tire placed around his neck after his hands have been bound or even chopped off.
WITH his shoulder-length grey hair, the Rev Stephen Knight is a familiar face around Warwick Hospital, but now he's had it all chopped off to raise cash for new equipment.
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