chop shop


Definition of chop shop

: a place where stolen automobiles are stripped of salable parts

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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 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

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First Known Use of chop shop

1977, in the meaning defined above

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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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