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 Choker (A).Chop-fallen. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
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).   1
   A mutton chop is from the French coup-er, to cut off. A piece chopped off.   2
   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.)   3
        “How the House of Lords and House of Commons chopped round.”—Thackeray: The Four Georges (George I.).
 


 Choker (A).Chop-fallen. 

 
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