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Chop, vb., 1) to do any thing with a quick motion, to pop: “and then we will c. him in the malmseybutt,” R3 I, 4, 160 (Ff throw). 277 (Ff drown).
2) to mince: “I will c. her into messes,” Oth. IV, 1, 211. -- Chopped == rent and split with toil or age: “beated and chopt with tanned antiquity,” Sonn. 62, 10. “her pretty chopt hands,” As II, 4, 50. “give me always a little, lean, old, chopt, bald shot,” H4B III, 2, 294 (M. Edd. chapt). “clapped their chopt hands,” Caes. I, 2, 246 (M. Edd. chapt). -- Chopping == mincing, affected: “the chopping French we do not understand,” R2 V, 3, 124 (according to Wright == changing one meaning for another).
To c. away or off == to cut off: “c. away that factious pate of his,” H6B V, 1, 135. “his head to be --ed off,” Meas. I, 2, 70. H5 IV, 1, 142. H6C II, 6, 82. V, 1, 50. R3 III, 1, 193. Tit. III, 1, 72. Tit. III, 1, 72
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