One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
exclamation & adverb
Quickly; quick.‘‘Two pints, chop-chop,’ Jimmy called’
- ‘Now, chop-chop - we've got a revolution to organise!’
- ‘An emergency meeting was held, and The Brigade decided that naked pictures were needed, and chop-chop.’
- ‘Instead, another layer of inaccuracy via inference: Since Hu's family has caused all this trouble by raising a fuss, peeved officialdom is going to make sure that the old girl is out of here chop-chop.’
- ‘Just tell me what to do and I'll do it, chop, chop.’
- ‘Victor needs help with something so you need to go… chop-chop, you know what I mean?’
Mid 19th century: pidgin English, based on Chinese dialect kuaì-kuaì. Compare with chopstick.
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