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 Chop Logic (To).Chops of the Channel. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The face, is allied to the Latin caput, the head; Greek kappaεgammaalphalambda-ozeta, Anglo-Saxon ceafel, the snout; in the plural, the cheeks. We talk of a “pig’s chap.”   1
   The Latin cap-ut gives us the word chap, a fellow or man; and its alliance with chop gives us the term “chapped” hands, etc. Everyone knows the answer given to the girl who complained of chapped lips: “My dear, you should not let the chaps come near your lips.”   2
   Down in the chopsi.e. down in the mouth in a melancholy state; with the mouth drawn down. (Anglo-Saxon, cealf, the snout or jaw; Icelandic, kiaptr.)   3

 Chop Logic (To).Chops of the Channel. 


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