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Chop

and Chops. Chop and change (To). To barter by the rule of thumb. Boys “chop” one article for another (Anglo-Saxon, cip-an, or ceáp-ian, to sell or barter).

A mutton chop
is from the French coup-er, to cut off. A piece chopped off. The wind chops about. Shifts from point to point suddenly. This is cip-an, to barter or change hands. (See above To Chop And Change.)

“How the House of Lords and House of Commons chopped round.” —Thackeray: The Four Georges (George I.).

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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