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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
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Cannon Hill Park: Axe vandal chops down trees in wrecking spree 2.
A spokesman said: "Before anybody chops down a tree, it is always advisable to contact the local authority in advance."
And the rest of the band have their chops down too (including the guy with the laser sight attached to his wrap arounds).
The mother-of-four has now been told she will be fined pounds 20,000 if she chops down the trees, as both are protected by Tree Preservation Orders.
Anyone who chops down a protected tree without permission may be prosecuted and fined up to pounds 20,000 per tree by magistrates.