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 Wiener defended Sheehy and pointed to the supervisor’s legislative accomplishments, including a law to discourage bicycle chop shops. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Up for election in June, Supervisor Sheehy’s campaign seems in disarray," 23 Jan. 2018 In 2004 he was arrested for a slew of car thefts and running a chop shop. al, "Florida triple murder suspect found dead; baby still missing," 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, "The Lost Decade of New York Sports," 30 Dec. 2019 The agency also contends with bicycle chop shops and other sources of detritus. Rachel Swan,, "Homeless people protest SF collecting their belongings," 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, "Clean up San Francisco’s streets, tourist industry pleads," 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, "A Vietnamese Patriot Dies Far From Home," 17 Aug. 2018 Car thieves smash into Jeff’s wood-sided SUV and drive it to a chop shop. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Kidding’ Review: Adult Emotions on Children’s TV," 13 Sep. 2018 Cassius, the main character, played by Lakeith Stanfield, drives down West Oakland’s Wood Street in an old Toyota that looks like it’s been frankensteined together from a chop shop’s scrap pile. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How two movies portray Oakland’s rapid change," 29 Aug. 2018

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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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“Chop shop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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\ ˈchäp-ˌshäp \

Legal Definition of chop-shop

: a place where stolen automobiles are stripped of salable parts

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