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Not much chop no good; not up to much. The sense of chop here originated in the Hindi word chāp (in English since the early 17th century) meaning ‘official stamp’. As used by Europeans in the Far East, the word was extended to cover documents such as passports to which an official stamp or impression was attached and in China to mean ‘branded goods’. From this the sense developed in the late 19th century to mean something that has ‘class’ or has been validated as genuine or good.


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