chop


chop
   1. to kill
   Originally standard English, meaning to kill an animal by a blow from the hand. When killing humans, the blow is with a sharp instrument:
    Unless he chopped us both (which seemed far-fetched, pirate and Old Etonian though he was)...(Fraser, 1977)
   To get the chop was to be killed in battle. The newspaper jargon chop shot is a picture of the corpse of someone who has been killed:
    You don't get many chop shots these days. (M. Thomas, 1980, referring to a public execution)
   2. (the chop) sudden dismissal from employment
   The metaphorical blow with a sharp instrument, of individual rather than multiple dismissals. The employer does the chopping:
    Joint editor Allan Segal was chopped last month. {Private Eye, May 1981)
   For the chop describes the status of a candidate for dismissal:
    Tusker had been for the chop the moment Solly Felbergerstein set eyes on him. (P. Scott, 1977)

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