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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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My general advice is dont plant a big tree or shrub that in five years you will be constantly chopping back. Nor would I plant a lot of fussy things.
But workers appeared on the site over the weekend, finally cleaning it up, as well as giving it one of its now regular chopping back of undergrowth, which sprouts from the building and around its base.
It's a most undemanding plant that will grow in almost any soil and the only maintenance it will require is an annual good chopping back, almost to ground level in April.
IN THE | herb garden, I'll be dividing clumps of chives that are getting too big and chopping back the rosemary and sage.
In the herb garden, I'll be dividing clumps of chives that are getting too big and chopping back the rosemary and sage.
That further underscored expectations that the Federal Reserve will be chopping back its big bond-buying programme sooner rather than later.
Certainly, the changes envisaged at BBC Wales seem to be very much about maintaining quality at peak times and chopping back heavily elsewhere.
Chopping back and forth in time, the film is a mosaic of flashbacks and dreams that leaves us none the wiser about what drove him to the abyss.
Chopping back and forth in time, the film is a mosaic of flashbacks, dream sequences and musical interludes that leaves us none the wiser about the emotional turmoil which drove Dury towards the abyss.
She found that the tribal practices of burning, pruning and drastically chopping back redbud plants not only stimulate the growth of younger, more pliant branches for basket weaving but also boost shrub survival.
It wouldn't be a loft look without exposed brickwork, of course, but chopping back plasterwork can be a timeconsuming job - a clever alternative is a paper such as Fine Decor's Distinctive Brick (Ilovewallpaper.co.uk) You can echo the warm hues of brickwork in terracotta-style accessories - I've chosen the Tarrac Bowls because of their strong pattern.
It's getting worse every year as the trees grow and I've asked a few times if they would consider chopping back the trees - and offered to pay half of the cost - but they just say no.
Is it really a good idea to be chopping back on probation officers at a time when our prisons are so overcrowded that we're forced to house offenders in police stations?
Labour leaders said they would do it by chopping back tax relief on insurance policy premiums, pension contributions and possibly mortgage interest.