Does Obama have the chops to work more effectively with Congress?
The Democratic hopeful for Texas governor proved she had chops as a local Republican pol.
However, this girl has the chops to recall '90s Mariah Carey.
Subcommittee chairs are also already licking their chops at a chance to bring Obama aides in for a grilling on their role.
Even gay conservatives and contrarians are circling, licking their chops.
When we entered the chops of the Channel, there was a considerable swell in the sea.
Then he licked his chops and looked in admiration on his worldly friend.
The chops of good depth, but not pendulous, completely covering the teeth when mouth is closed.
Take the chops out of the butter, and cover them with the seasoning.
While she was still in the chops of the Channel it fell a dead calm, and a thick fog came on.
"jaws, sides of the face," c.1500, perhaps a variant of chaps (n.2) in the same sense, which is of unknown origin.
"to cut with a quick blow," mid-14c., of uncertain origin, perhaps from Old North French choper (Old French coper "to cut, cut off," 12c., Modern French couper), from Vulgar Latin *cuppare "to behead," from a root meaning "head," but influenced in Old French by couper "to strike." Related: Chopped; chopping.
"shift quickly," 1530s, earlier "to bargain" (early 15c.), ultimately from Old English ceapian "to bargain" (see cheap); here with a sense of "changing back and forth," probably from common expressions such as to chop and change "barter." To chop logic is recorded from 1570s. Related: Chopped; chopping.
"act of chopping," mid-14c., from chop (v.1). Meaning "piece cut off" is mid-15c.; specifically "slice of meat" from mid-17c. Sense of "a blow, strike" is from 1550s.
[senses related to skill fr notion of a jazz musician's lips, chops, the essential for technique in ''blowing'' the instrument]
[1823+; fr Hindi, ''seal'']