chop shop


Definition of chop shop

: a place where stolen automobiles are stripped of salable parts

Examples of chop shop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An investigation involving the Detroit Police Commercial Auto Section led to a chop shop in the 13900 block of Penrod Street. Tyler J. Davis, Detroit Free Press, 8 Oct. 2020 They were found scattered throughout the capital city, along with a Toyota Camry and Honda CRV stolen in Hartford, and detectives believe are individual cases of theft and not tied to a particular chop shop. Zach Murdock,, 25 Sep. 2020 Wiener defended Sheehy and pointed to the supervisor’s legislative accomplishments, including a law to discourage bicycle chop shops. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Jan. 2018 In 2004 he was arrested for a slew of car thefts and running a chop shop. al, 29 Jan. 2020 The Giants prevailed in the Super Bowl back in 2012, distant enough for that Eldorado to be sold for parts by now at some chop shop in Queens. Dan Barry, New York Times, 30 Dec. 2019 The agency also contends with bicycle chop shops and other sources of detritus. Rachel Swan,, 22 June 2019 But that doesn’t mean street crime — such as bicycle chop shops, theft, drug dealing and harassing pedestrians — is OK. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Apr. 2018 During his long exile in France, Tin lived in a public-housing project in a neighborhood full of auto chop shops, phone stores and corner groceries selling spices and other foods from France’s old colonial empire. Thomas A. Bass, WSJ, 17 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of chop shop

1977, in the meaning defined above

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“Chop shop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for chop shop


\ ˈchäp-ˌshäp \

Legal Definition of chop-shop

: a place where stolen automobiles are stripped of salable parts

More from Merriam-Webster on chop shop

Nglish: Translation of chop shop for Spanish Speakers


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