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lop (something) off

To cut something off or away, especially quickly, indelicately, or without finesse. I had been growing my hair out since I was in junior high school, and then one day I decided to lop it all off. The knight lopped off his arm for his insubordination. Will you go out back and lop those branches off the tree? They're obstructing our view of the sea.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

lop something off (of) something

 and lop something off
to chop or cut something off something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) Lop that long branch off the tree before you put the saw away, will you? Please lop off that branch.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

lop off

To cut something off; chop off: The barber lopped my ponytail off. The gardener lopped off the dead branches.
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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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Kamran Nadri, deputy director of the Monetary and Baking Institute, said he thought lopping off zeroes would actually help reduce inflation, though that is not accepted as fact among many economists.
Both Anvil and Bypass design Lopping Shears slice through branches up to 50mm (2") in diameter, weigh just 1040g and have an overall length of 70cm.
Upon receipt of your application the council will inspect the tree, or trees, and advise you as to whether your concerns are correct, and if so, issue written permission for you to carry out specific pruning, lopping or felling work to the trees.
The Bank has discussed lopping off zeroes for years.
That plan would involve lopping both three and four zeros off the current currency.
He told state radio three options were under review: lopping off three zeroes; lopping of four zeros; or adopting a gold standard and making each rial worth 1 percent of a gram of gold, which would convert about 2,500 rials overnight to one rial.