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

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
Chopping down young saplings, he made them cross-bars of a scaffold by lashing them high up to the trunks of standing trees.
In the end it had contented itself with killing forty fat pigs and chopping down a hundred coconut trees.
Call me cynical but governments cannot tax babies, and cannot really stop people chopping down rainforest, but they can make money out of carbon emissions - lots of easy money.
Angry resident John Dowson, from Bank Street, said: "It certainly was a rude awakening on Sunday morning to hear screaming chainsaws chopping down trees.
A penalty of Rs2,500 to Rs5,000 is imposed on illegal chopping down of trees as per Clause 4 of the Punjab Land Preservation Act.
chopping down forests has been causing global warming that is why Sindh was receiving little or no rains.
'We have begun looking into the charges against the former Abbottabad jail superintendent of chopping down the centuries old trees before embezzling its money,' Hazara ACE assistant director Zahidur Rehman told reporters here on Tuesday.
"Chopping down trees at 4am is a little bit surreptitious - you're obviously not sure if what you're doing is right."
I SEE in the Mail of February 12 the chopping down of that London Plane tree in Broad Street was brought up again and a new tree bank recommended by councillors.
While according to the residents of Islamabad the natural beauty of the city is being tampered in the name of infrastructure, Minister of Climate Change Mushahid Ullah Khan in a conversation with Dunya News said that CDA shall not be permitted to continue chopping down trees in such a large number.
Dendrologiacide I WATCHED a man today chopping down what he probably regarded as just a piece of wood, If I explained to him it was a living entity, vital for life on earth, would he have understood, Up and down and across the land, man is wielding his unmerciful hand, Trees that have stood proud and tall for many years, summarily cut down without any tears.
The England and Manchester United captain received a straight red for clumsily chopping down Stewart Downing as 10-man United clung on to beat West Ham at Old Trafford.
But the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) says the government is now chopping down many of these trees that are now more than 70 years old and line Vali Asr for 17 kilometers.
An example that comes to my mind is the chopping down of a beautiful tree (one I grew up passing by day in and day out) on the roundabout opposite the Police Fort.
Unknown men were seen chopping down a crucifix in the northern Arkhangelsk region on the night of August 25, while another three crosses were found cut to pieces near Chelyabinsk in the southern Urals.