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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. © 2015 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.
See also: chop, off
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

chop off

v.
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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Why not say that it takes more to justify chopping off the arm of the construction worker because we have to consider the joint threshold of two rights, the right not to have one's arm chopped off and the right not to be deprived of the means by which one makes one's living?
Patna (Bihar) [India], Jan 19 ( ANI ): RJD chief Lalu Prasad's daughter Misa Bharti said that she felt like chopping off Union Minister Ram Kripal Yadav's hands when she heard the news of him joining the BJP.
In a press statement issued here on Wednesday, Neelum Toru said it is very deplorable incident that a teenage girl was disgraced by her husband by chopping off her nose.
After chopping off the ears of four, the rest were freed.
"Chopping off a hand needs more courage since your are cutting a part of the body of an individual who is to survive.
Kerala [India], August 5 ( ANI ): The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday arrested a person who is accused of chopping off a professor's hand in Kerala in 2010.
Thiruvananthapuram Two people were arrested in Kerala on suspicion of chopping off a man's arm because he challenged them for teasing his cousin.
Reportedly, in many places including Delhi, NCR, Haryana and Agra, incidents of chopping off braids at night were witnessed by women.
Yesterday, the rumours of a witch chopping off braids of girls while they are asleep, led to the brutal lynching killing of an elderly woman in Agra.