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chop-chop

[chop-chop] /ˈtʃɒpˈtʃɒp/
adverb
1.
with haste; quickly.
Origin
Chinese Pidgin English
1825-1835
1825-35; repetitive compound based on Chinese Pidgin English chop quick, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for chop-chop
adv.

"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

chop-chop

adverb

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

modifier

: 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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