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bust (one's) chops

1. (acting upon oneself) To exert a significant amount of energy or work very hard to do, accomplish, or complete something. I've been busting my chops all night long to get this presentation ready for tomorrow's meeting. She's going to have to bust her chops if she wants a place on the varsity team.
2. (acting upon someone else) To harass, nag, or upbraid someone to do, accomplish, or complete something. The boss is busting everyone's chops to get the project ready by next week. Quit busting my chops! I'll get it done eventually!
See also: bust, chops

chop logic

To argue in a tedious or pedantic way. I can't stand the way he chops logic! You can't have a conversation without him turning it into some tiresome fight!
See also: chop

flap (one's) chops

To chatter or blather. Quit flapping your chops—I need some quiet so I can think! Whenever Charlie starts to flap his chops, I can't get in a word!
See also: chops, flap

pork chop

1. A thick cut of meat from a pig. Often used in the plural when it is prepared as a meal. Well, at least sit down and have a pork chop with us before you go out! Mom said that she's making pork chops for dinner tonight, so don't be late!
2. offensive slang A black person who acts submissively toward white people.
See also: chop, pork

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 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

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 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.
See also: chop, off

lick (one's) chops

To show one's impatience or excitement to do something. That roast smells so good—I'm just about licking my chops in here! My detractors were practically licking their chops when they heard that my proposal had failed.
See also: chops, lick

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.
See also: chop, off

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

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

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

lick one's chops

Fig. to show one's eagerness to do something, especially to eat something. We could tell from the way the boys were licking their chops that they really wanted a turn at riding the motorcycle. Fred started licking his chops when he smelled the turkey roasting in the oven.
See also: chops, lick

break one's ass

Also, break or bust one's ass or balls or butt or chops .
1. Exert oneself to the utmost, try extremely hard, as in I've been breaking my ass to finish early. This expression is considered vulgar slang; both ass, for backside or buttocks, and balls, for male genitals, are rude; butt, for buttocks, and chops, for either the mouth or the legs, are informal and emphatic but not quite as offensive. For a more polite synonym, see break one's back. [Slang; first half of 1900s]
2. break someone's ass. Also, bust someone's chops. Thrash or harass someone, as in Jim threatened to break Tim's ass, or The boss broke his workers' chops to improve service. [ Vulgar slang; mid-1900s]
See also: ass, break

lick one's chops

Also, lick one's lips. Anticipate with great pleasure. For example, The kids were licking their chops as Mother described the family vacation plans, or I couldn't help but lick my lips when she talked about the menu. Both expressions allude to anticipating a tasty morsel of food. The second is the older, dating from about 1500 and used interchangeably with lick one's fingers, now seldom heard. The first also served as 1930s jazz slang for warming up, chops meaning "the jaw or mouth" (a usage dating from the 1300s).
See also: chops, lick

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

bust someone's chops

AMERICAN, INFORMAL
If you bust someone's chops, you tease them or criticize them for something. His friends bust his chops about being voted the `best-dressed man'. This is not a good time to bust his chops about his poor communication skills.
See also: bust, chops

bust someone's chops

nag or criticize someone. North American informal
See also: bust, chops

bust your chops

exert yourself. North American informal
See also: bust, chops

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

chop logic

argue in a tiresomely pedantic way; quibble.
Chop is here used in the 16th-century sense meaning ‘bandy words’. This sense is now obsolete, and the sense of chop used in this phrase was later wrongly understood as ‘cut something into small pieces’.
See also: 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

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

bust (someone's) chops

1. To scold or insult someone.
2. To disappoint or defeat someone.
3. To hold a building contractor to the letter of an agreement.
See also: bust, chops

lick (one's) chops

To anticipate delightedly.
See also: chops, lick
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A pork loin is cut extra long in contrast to other meats such as beef or lamb in order to maximize the number of pork chops yielded from each loin.
These are the most prized of pork chops because they, as the name suggests, are cut from the center of the loin and, thus, are very tender.
While all of these various types of pork chops are tender, some are more so than others.
When hot, add 1 or 2 chops at a time (don't overlap) and cook, turning once, until meat is golden brown outside and just slightly pink next to bone (cut to test), about 2 to 3 minutes per side.
If desired, garnish chops with cilantro and lemon wedges.
4 -- color) Mongolian-Style Lamb Chops sounds like a complicated dish, but the ease of grilling, plus a simple marinade, make it worthwhile.
GREAT SUMMER SUPPER: When making salsa, chop an extra 2 garlic cloves and 2 serranos and mix with 2 OR 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce and a little grated lime peel.
Season chops generously with salt and pepper and cook, turning occasionally with tongs, to desired doneness, about 15 minutes for medium-rare.
Place pork chops over cabbage mixture, spooning some liquid and cabbage over chops.
Bake in preheated 325-degree oven, basting occasionally, about 1 1/4 hours or until chops are fork-tender.
Remove skillet from oven and transfer chops to serving plates.
In a 3 1/2- or 4-quart crockery cooker, place potatoes, carrots, onion, browned pork chops, sauerkraut and apples.
Colorful vegetables (add the quick-cooking zucchini and peas just before serving) prettily set off lamb chops braised in a cinnamon-scented sauce.
Chop and add to salad along with 2 minced cloves garlic, juice 1 lime and 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard.
Chop meat coarsely, then add sherry, soy sauce, ginger, 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch and 1/2 teaspoon peanut oil.