chop shop


: a place where stolen automobiles are stripped of salable parts

Examples of chop shop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After arresting and questioning the chop shop owner, the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office said, investigators followed the trail of Baumgardner and Vera Moran. David J. Neal, Miami Herald, 20 May 2024 What started with a chop shop bust in Doral took investigators to an Allapattah building with a 70-year-old auto tag agency and a clerk accused of running a $3 million car title fraud. David J. Neal, Miami Herald, 20 May 2024 During the 1980s and 1990s, a number of perfectly beautiful Daytona berlinettas were butchered by Sawzall-wielding chop shops to create close replicas of the original spiders. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 12 Feb. 2024 Seth finds success there but also realizes that his firm is a chop shop that essentially scams investors. Lillian Brown, Vulture, 3 Oct. 2023 For money, Georgie and Ali steal bicycles and sell them to some kind of bike chop shop. Odie Henderson,, 14 Sep. 2023 Mike Tyson is playing an arms-dealing, chop shop–owning gangster. Nick Romano,, 5 May 2022 Dunkins pleaded guilty to the three counts in exchange for having two third-degree burglary charges and an additional operating chop shop charge dropped. Perry Vandell, The Arizona Republic, 2 Mar. 2022 Anyone with information about the chop shop is asked to contact the department. Hojun Choi, Dallas News, 5 Aug. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

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 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

chop shop

: a place where stolen automobiles are stripped for salable parts

Legal Definition


: a place where stolen automobiles are stripped of salable parts

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