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[chop] /tʃɒp/
noun
1.
Usually, chops. the jaw.
2.
chops.
  1. the oral cavity; mouth.
  2. Slang. the embouchure or technique necessary to play a wind instrument.
  3. Slang. musical ability on any instrument, especially in playing jazz or rock; technical virtuosity.
  4. Slang. the music or musical part played by an instrumentalist, especially a solo passage.
3.
an entranceway, as into a body of water.
4.
Horology. either of two pieces clasping the end of the suspension spring of a pendulum.
Idioms
5.
bust one's chops, Slang. to exert oneself.
6.
bust someone's chops, Slang. to annoy with nagging or criticism:
Stop busting my chops—I'll get the job done.
7.
lick one's chops, to await with pleasure; anticipate; relish:
He was already licking his chops over the expected inheritance.
Also, chap.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; perhaps special use of chop1
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British Dictionary definitions for bust someone's chops

chop1

/tʃɒp/
verb chops, chopping, chopped
1.
often foll by down or off. to cut (something) with a blow from an axe or other sharp tool
2.
(transitive) to produce or make in this manner to chop firewood
3.
(transitive) often foll by up. to cut into pieces
4.
(transitive) (Brit, informal) to dispense with or reduce
5.
(intransitive) to move quickly or violently
6.
(sport) to hit (a ball) sharply downwards
7.
(boxing, martial arts) to punch or strike (an opponent) with a short sharp blow
8.
(W African) an informal word for eat
noun
9.
a cutting blow
10.
the act or an instance of chopping
11.
a piece chopped off
12.
a slice of mutton, lamb, or pork, generally including a rib
13.
(Austral & NZ, slang) a share (esp in the phrase get or hop in for one's chop)
14.
(W African) an informal word for food
15.
(Austral & NZ) a competition of skill and speed in chopping logs
16.
(sport) a sharp downward blow or stroke
17.
(Austral & NZ, informal) not much chop, not much good; poor
18.
(slang) the chop, dismissal from employment
Word Origin
C16: variant of chap1

chop2

/tʃɒp/
verb chops, chopping, chopped
1.
(intransitive) to change direction suddenly; vacillate (esp in the phrase chop and change)
2.
(obsolete) to barter
3.
chop logic, to use excessively subtle or involved logic or argument
Word Origin
Old English ceapian to barter; see cheap, chapman

chop3

/tʃɒp/
noun
1.
a design stamped on goods as a trademark, esp in the Far East
Word Origin
C17: from Hindi chhāp
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Word Origin and History for bust someone's chops
chop
"to cut," mid-14c., perhaps from O.Fr. (Picard) choper, from O.Fr. coper "to cut off," from V.L. *cuppare "to decapitate," infl. by couper "to strike." Meaning "slice of meat" is c.1640; hence, chop-house (1680s).
chop
"shift," O.E. ceapian "to bargain" (see cheap), here with a sense of "changing back and forth."
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Slang definitions & phrases for bust someone's chops

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chop

noun
  1. Grade or quality: The food here is first chop
  2. A rude or mean-spirited remark: a chop to the innocent girl

[1823+; fr Hindi, ''seal'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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