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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