chop shop

noun

Definition of chop shop 

: a place where stolen automobiles are stripped of salable parts

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Authorities raid alleged Aryan Brotherhood chop shop A search warrant for the property was executed Jan. 24 by the Pasadena Narcotics Task Force and SWAT team. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Pasadena police make gun, drug bust," 2 Feb. 2018 Put the brakes on it, take off the wheels, and cut it up at a chop shop. Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post, "Tech firms, government officials put the brakes on testing self-driving vehicles after fatal Uber crash," 27 Mar. 2018 One time the owner of a chop shop hit Jewett over the head with a bike fork. Lizzie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, "DIY crime fighters try to roll back bike-theft epidemic," 17 Jan. 2018 One set of photos provided by a de-miner show how the group set up an open-air chop shop to cut open unexploded American aircraft bombs and remove the explosive inside. John Ismay, Thomas Gibbons-neff And C. J. Chivers, New York Times, "How ISIS Produced Its Cruel Arsenal on an Industrial Scale," 11 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of chop shop

1977, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chop shop was in 1977

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More Definitions for chop shop

chop-shop

noun
\ ˈchäp-ˌshäp \

Legal Definition of chop-shop 

: a place where stolen automobiles are stripped of salable parts

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