chop block

noun

Definition of chop block

American football
: a dangerous and illegal block aimed at the legs and especially knees of another player Smith is probably the victim of more chop blocks than any defender in the league.— Rick Telander

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chop-block \ ˈchäp-​ˌbläk How to pronounce chop block (audio) \ transitive verb
Early in the fourth quarter of Kansas City's 26-10 win over Denver … Chiefs defensive tackle Chester McGlockton became enraged after being chop-blocked by Lepsis. — Michael Silver

Examples of chop block in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But after a chop block penalty pushed Western Kentucky back, UTSA’s Clarence Hicks ended the night with the defensive spark the Roadrunners were searching for. Greg Luca, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Oct. 2021 In the fourth quarter, running back Isaiah Jacobs was called for a chop block, which wiped away Tagovailoa’s game-tying 41-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Dontay Demus Jr. Ryan Mcfadden, baltimoresun.com, 18 Sep. 2021 The officials called a 15-yard chop block penalty on Casteel for that second down play, pushing the Colts back to the 18. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 11 Sep. 2021 Davay Hill put his 220 pounds in the end zone from there, but it was called back on a chop block. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 28 Aug. 2021 Keenan had his season cut short by a late-season chop block. al, 13 Dec. 2020 Then running back Gus Edwards couldn’t make a clean chop block on Dupree, giving him a free shot at Jackson. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, 6 Nov. 2020 The 6-foot-2, 330-pound standout was injured last week in a win over Pleasant Grove in a play officials ruled a chop block. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, 30 Oct. 2020 Forrest Lamp assisted Jackson in a brutal chop block that ruined a drive. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of chop block

1954, in the meaning defined above

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16 Oct 2021

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“Chop block.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chop%20block. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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