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[chop-chop] /ˈtʃɒpˈtʃɒp/
with haste; quickly.
Origin of chop-chop
Chinese Pidgin English
1825-35; repetitive compound based on Chinese Pidgin English chop quick, of uncertain origin Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for chop chop
Historical Examples
  • The "chop chop" of the Ross rifle told us that there was still plenty of fight in the front line.

    The Red Watch J. A. Currie
  • Talkee, talkee no bono, mi takee Pekin chop chop, Yang-kei-tze catchee one piecee by by.

    Crown and Anchor John Conroy Hutcheson
  • On his appearance I informed him that I wanted dinner for two—chop chop!

    Life and sport in China Oliver G. Ready
British Dictionary definitions for chop chop

chop chop

pidgin English for quickly See quickly
Word Origin
C19: from Chinese dialect; related to Cantonese kap kap
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Word Origin and History for chop chop



"quickly," Pidgin English, from Chinese k'wa-k'wa (see chopstick).

CHOP. A Chinese word signifying quality; first introduced by mariners in the Chinese trade, but which has now become common in all our seaports. [Bartlett, "Dictionary of Americanisms," 1848]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for chop chop



Quickly; at once •Used as a command or exhortation as well as a


: They cut out chop-chop

[1830s+; fr Pidgin English, ''fast,'' fr Chinese]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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