(To). To bandy words; to altercate. Lord Bacon says, “Let not the council chop with the judge.” (See Chop And Change .)
“How now, how now, chop logic! What is this? `Proud,' and `I thank you,' and `I thank you not,' And yet `not proud.' ”
Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, iii. 5.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894