from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of lop.
  • n. The cutting off of branches, etc.
  • n. That which is cut off; leavings.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A cutting off, as of branches; that which is cut off; leavings.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The cutting off of all the branches of a tree, except the crop or leading shoot, for the sake of the profit to be derived from them, as contrasted with pruning, by which some of the branches are cut off for the sake of the tree.
  • n. That which is cut off; severed branches: commonly in the plural.


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  • At this date 'the general sense of the Irish people' was, to Mr. Gladstone's mind, the policy formulated by the Irish Episcopacy, the scheme which at a later stage of the campaign in the following year he described as the lopping off the three branches of the Upas tree of

    The Quarterly Review, Volume 162, No. 324, April, 1886

  • She also rejected the notion of lopping several weeks off the calendar.

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  • Associated human impacts such as lopping and cutting of vegetation for fuelwood, setting fires to create grazing lands, and settlements also contribute to habitat degradation.

    Northwestern thorn scrub forests

  • You start to see how principles such as lopping a hand off for stealing might start to gain ground again in this country, after several hundred years of abeyance before the principle of “fairness”.

    Is fairness enough?

  • The genus has a recognized capacity for recovery from severe injury such as lopping (Booth and Wickens, 1988), but lopping is not necessarily the best way to achieve optimum sustainable productivity of high quality forage, especially in those species where the foliage is less palatable than the fruit.

    Chapter 1

  • This "lopping" disturbs the harmonious relation of the weights of shoulders, abdomen, head, and the large lower gluteal muscles with which nature has cushioned the lower part of the body, and so they are obliged to readjust themselves to balance each other, and the awkward, ungainly, unhealthful posture results.

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  • Katy, and as if going furiously to work, after they'd all gone, didn't use me up and send me "lopping" down on sofas, sighing like a what's-its-name.

    The Life and Letters of Elizabeth Prentiss

  • If the answer to both questions is yes, then companies are well advised to go into collective overdrive; if it is no, then they can experiment with more nuanced responses, such as lopping off a tainted product or sacrificing a rogue division.

    The Economist: Correspondent's diary

  • But by the time she's wearing a full suit of armor and lopping off heads, he seems to have figured this out, and her voice has altered as much as it can without being inconsistently with where it began.

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  • Mr. YEE: Because every time you push a button on that computer, you're lopping someone's head off, you're swinging an ax, you're pulling a trigger, using a sword or a knife and plunging into someone's heart.

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