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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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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

v.
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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The lad shaves off his hair, and it's not long before his father figure lops off his blond locks too.
A visual tour-de-force, complemented by Franco's fearless performance, it holds us spellbound, not least in the final scenes when Aron lops off his arm.
George Orwell's 1984, though dated, gives a shocking impression of the potential power of the media and I commend it to MP Bailey's attention before he or she lops off anybody's head.
If it's disadvantageous to admit that NATO expansion could cost up to $120 billion over fifteen years, as the Congressional Budget Office said, the Administration lops off some zeroes and says it will cost $1.5 billion over ten years.
Turns out that the part that's skim is pretty skimpy (it lops off only three grams of fat).
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