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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. © 2015 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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References in classic literature ?
Were it only the lopping off of a hand or a foot, I should not delay.
Hanke went on to say that Hungary lopped 29 zeros off of its unit of account, which means this was the biggest lopping off of zeros in history.
But many hardliners have fought the idea of lopping off more zeros.
If these emigrants would rather live in a society where stoning people to death and lopping off limbs and heads for various misdemeanours then so be it.
Unfortunately we don't control our railways, Westminster does, so they allowed Beeching, who was opposed to rail transport, to prescribe the lopping off of large sections of our branch lines, and the halting of any improvements to the system.
But rather than just lopping off his facial hair the director of business and technology consultancy Orbility, is inviting those who sponsor him to vote for a new style.
Our fave celebs are lopping off their long locks in favor of chic mid-length chops.
after lopping off her normally wizard-looking locks.
Asked about lopping off three zeroes from Iran's currency, the minister said that it can be fulfilled when the plan to put an end to the subsidies is implemented.
THE man at the head of the Christian Church in England starts to contemplate the relative merits of Islamic faith and laws which we see include stoning to death and lopping off limbs as acceptable.
"Strip mining on steroids" is the epithet given to the frightening practice of lopping off mountain tops in West Virginia and Kentucky.
And casting Ford - ageing Jack Jarvis in the hit show - as hairy-lipped park keeperMr Henderson was the perfect way to get him back for lopping off Winston's leg in 2005.
The retired lecturer, from Creigiau in Cardiff, hoped to raise pounds 100 for children's charity Barnardo's Cymru by lopping off his locks, but he more than doubled it and raised pounds 253 through sponsorship.
At the very least, it provided shocking evidence of incompetence or criminal negligence and malfeasance so egregious and extensive that public exposure could very well cause a wave of outrage that would cause the lopping off of heads all the way up to, and including, the top occupant of the White House.
As one arts leader said recently, "In a business where there is precious little 'fat' to cut (if any), we're moving beyond cutting to the bone to lopping off limbs.