chop-chop

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Chinese Pidgin English, from Cantonese 急急 (gāpgāp, quick).

Pronunciation[edit]

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Interjection[edit]

chop-chop

  1. Used to urge someone to do something quickly

Translations[edit]

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Adverb[edit]

chop-chop (not comparable)

  1. (slang) Quickly.
    • 1977, John Le Carré, The Honourable Schoolboy, Folio Society 2010, p. 13:
      ‘And another beer! But cold this time, hear that, boy? Muchee coldee, and bring it chop chop.’

Noun[edit]

chop-chop (uncountable)

  1. (Australia, informal) Tobacco that is produced and sold without excise (tax), and therefore cheap and illegal.