chop shop


Definition of chop shop

: a place where stolen automobiles are stripped of salable parts

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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 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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\ ˈchäp-ˌshäp\

Legal Definition of chop-shop

: a place where stolen automobiles are stripped of salable parts

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