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chop and change

To continually change one's course of action, to the confusion or irritation of others. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. When we chop and change this much, it frustrates our customers. We need to set a schedule and stick to it.
See also: and, change, chop

chop and change

BRITISH
COMMON If someone chops and changes, they keep changing their plans, often when it is not necessary. After chopping and changing for the first year, they have settled down to a stable system of management. All this chopping and changing serves no useful purpose. Note: This expression was originally used to refer to people buying and selling goods. To `chop' meant to trade or barter, and `change' came from `exchange'.
See also: and, change, chop

chop and change

change your opinions or behaviour repeatedly and abruptly, often for no good reason. British informal
Both chop and change originally had the sense of ‘barter’, ‘exchange’, or ‘buy and sell’, but as this sense of chop became dated the meaning of the whole expression shifted to its present one.
See also: and, change, chop

ˌchop and ˈchange

(British English, informal) change your plans, opinions or methods too often: I wish he’d make up his mind — I’m tired of all this chopping and changing.
See also: and, change, chop
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FORMER Australia captain Steve Waugh believes the selectors' constant chopping and changing of the side has contributed to their gradual slide in Test cricket.
"I just know there has been a lot of chopping and changing over the last 18 months.
JOSH Kronfeld has blamed Leicester's fall from grace on too much 'chopping and changing' in team selection.
The Tigers' four-year reign as English champions ended with home defeat by London Irish on Saturday and Kronfeld said: "The chopping and changing of the team is the main reason we've had the season we have."