Idiom – Chop chop

  • Idiom – Chop chop
  • Meaning – Hurry up! This expression is used to tell someone to hurry, or to do something faster. Do something without delay.
  • This is a British English idiom which is also common in Australia.
  • This expression originates from the Chinese language. In the Chinese language kuai-kuai means quickly. This phrase was likely distorted by English speakers who worked alongside the Chinese to become chop chop. As a result of seeing Chinese people using a pair of sticks to skillfully and quickly eat, these sticks also became known as chopsticks.
chop usage

usage of the word chop

idiom - choppy waters

idiom – choppy waters


When could you use this idiom?

  • Somebody is taking too long to get ready to go out.
  • You are in danger of missing a bus or plane because someone is too slow.
  • If you are in a rush.
  • You are getting impatient waiting for someone to finish something!
  • “Our plane leaves in 20 minutes, chop chop or we’ll miss it!”
  • Is there an idiom like this in your country?
What is an idiom?

An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally.  An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual words, but has a separate meaning of its own.

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