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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 ?
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.
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.
Soon after chopping down the cross, Shevchenko took pictures in front of it, imitating Jesus' pose on crucifixes.
Stenny then had Mike Devlin sent off for chopping down Dow.
The man, believed to be in his 50s, had been chopping down trees and loading them onto a vehicle when a log rolled free, trapping him against the back of his lorry.
By declaring that the idea of telling a lie was morally repugnant to him, young George immediately diverted attention away from the fact that chopping down a cherry tree, a far more serious offense, was not repugnant to him, and from the fact that nobody else could possibly have been fingered for this act of gratuitous arboreal terrorism.
Nothing can compensate for chopping down these trees.
Norwich's Serbian defender was dismissed in the 63rd minute after chopping down Saints' midfielder Adam Lallana on the edge of the area.