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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. The jaws.
  • n.pl. The mouth.
  • n.pl. The lower cheeks or jowls.
  • n.pl. Muttonchops.
  • n.pl. Slang The technical skill with which a jazz or rock musician performs.
  • idiom bust (someone's) chops To scold or insult someone.
  • idiom bust (someone's) chops To disappoint or defeat someone.
  • idiom bust (someone's) chops To hold a building contractor to the letter of an agreement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Plural form of chop.
  • n. The mouth, jaws or jowl.
  • n. A wind instrument player's embouchure.
  • n. One's skill at musical interpretation and delivery; musical performance ability.
  • n. One's skill at any endeavor.
  • n. The area where two tides meet and cause an irregular (choppy) sea.
  • n. A pattern that involves carrying the object with the hand over the next object before throwing it.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of chop.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. The jaws; also, the fleshy parts about the mouth.
  • n.pl. The sides or capes at the mouth of a river, channel, harbor, or bay.

Etymologies

Possibly akin to chop1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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