give (someone) the chop

Definition of give (someone) the chop

British, informal
:to take someone's job away
  • His boss gave him the chop.

Word by Word Definitions

give play
  1. : to make a present of

  2. : to grant or bestow by formal action

  3. : to accord or yield to another

  1. : capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain : flexibility

  2. : the ability of a material to bend or stretch

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

chop play
  1. : to cut into or sever usually by repeated blows of a sharp instrument

  2. : to cut into pieces

  3. : to weed and thin out (young cotton)

  1. : a forceful usually slanting blow with or as if with an ax or cleaver

  2. : a sharp downward blow or stroke

  3. : a small cut of meat often including part of a rib — see lamb illustration

  1. : to change direction

  2. : to veer with or as if with wind

  1. : a seal or official stamp or its impression

  2. : a license validated by a seal

  3. : a mark on goods or coins to indicate nature or quality


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