“You chaps are very careless,” he scolds them, offering them the extra cash.
Yet, at the party conference and in Shadow Cabinet meetings and in Parliament, she regularly reduced these chaps to mush.
I put monkeys on the sheep, and one was a cowboy in chaps and a cowboy hat, and one was a jockey in silks.
It's being out of it; that's what set me off on those Canadian chaps.
One of our chaps, taking in a load of wounded, was chased and pelted the other day.
The ward was kept as hot as a Turkish bath, and some of our chaps thought this was done with the idea of making our agony worse.
They were both just back from India, and natty-lookin' chaps as you ever saw.
Lots of chaps came dropping in to go, and every one wanted the box-seat.
We told these chaps we were deserters from the Bulwark, 74, and begged them to help us along.
The chaps who stole it may take a notion to keep on with it, after they get it fixed.
1844, American English, short for chaparejos, from Mexican Spanish chaparreras, overalls worn to protect from chaparro (see chaparral).
"jaws, cheeks," from chap (n.), 1550s, of unknown origin. Hence, chap-fallen (1590s).
1570s, "customer," short for obsolete chapman "purchaser, trader" (see cheap). Colloquial sense of "lad, fellow" is first attested 1716 (cf. slang tough customer).
"to crack," mid-15c., chappen (intransitive) "to split, burst open;" "cause to crack" (transitive); perhaps a variant of choppen (see chop (v.), and cf. strap/strop), or related to Middle Dutch kappen "to chop, cut," Danish kappe, Swedish kappa "to cut." Related: Chapped; chapping. The noun meaning "fissure in the skin" is from late 14c.