Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Informal Right away; quickly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. Used to urge someone to do something quickly
  • adv. Quickly.
  • n. Tobacco that is produced and sold without excise (tax), and therefore cheap and illegal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Be quick; make haste.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. with rapid movements

Etymologies

Pidgin English, reduplication of chop, quick; see chopstick.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Chinese Pidgin English, from Cantonese 急急 (gāpgāp, "quick"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Mr Crow said cigarette companies would be forced to drastically cut prices because no-name "chop-chop" tobacco and cigarettes - which cost as little as 30 per cent of a regular packet - would be more attractive.

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  • If the sonnets, odes, and elegies are primarily concerned with "memory, private reclamation, and linguistic chop-chop," as Biespiel has it, why would a public yearning for "moral persuasion" bother with it?

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  • In capitalist, theocratic societies like fascist Saudi Arabia, the consequences of questioning religious authority often leads to capital punishment in public places known commonly as chop-chop square where, among many other cases, a woman loses her head because she's considered a witch for listening to music by the Beatles.

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  • I want to suggest that a great public will peer into the world of poetry if the poets will speak outside of the chiseled monuments of poems and distinct aesthetic debates directly to matters beyond memory, private reclamation, and linguistic chop-chop.

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  • “Okay, GI, can do chop-chop numba one,” says the boy.

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  • We see only the impeccable chop-chop of her shoes.

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  • The grandson makes 30 cents an hour tending the vegetable garden and painting fences, tasks the General expects to be completed in chop-chop fashion.

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  • When the wind is low she can hear them, the chop-chop of scythes.

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  • Parts of the show are pretty goofy, but I enjoyed watching a chop-chop version of the scientific process in action.

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  • I thought your chop-chop remark was funny and that I should get a knife and chop-chop those terrible cakes!

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  • See also chop chop.

    May 5, 2009

  • TFD suggests the 'chop' part of chopstick comes from the Cantonese for 'quick'; chop-chop may be a derivation of that meaning. Or it might just be a calque, but I'm not sure if there's a 'quick-quick' phrase in Cantonese.

    May 5, 2009

  • I say this all the time -- but I'm not sure why. I mean, I know what I mean by it -- hurry up -- but I don't know why I say "chop-chop" instead.

    May 5, 2009

  • be quick; hurry up

    May 5, 2009