lopping lopping  /ˈlɑ pɪŋ/


  1. (v) cut off from a whole
  2. (v) cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of



  1. The new Gregorian Calendar was created that year, lopping off the ten extra days.
  2. Meanwhile in much of Iraq death squads take turns torching homes and lopping off heads.
  3. A vote in favor of lopping a day off the nation's traditional six-day school week seemed a foregone conclusion.


  1. It's time to tame your tomatoes

    Lopping an overgrown sucker off keeps the tomato plant neat and uncongested, a long-term benefit that makes this option best earlier in the season. A month from now, don't say I didn't warn you.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Everett Herald

  2. Are garlic scapes the new ramps? They’re flying off shelves

    Greenmarket devotees who have been lining up to buy ramps—those garlicky wild onions that have been going for upwards of $17 a pound the past few years—have found another trendy member of the allium family to obsess over: garlic scapes.For years, gardeners and even farmers have been lopping off garlic scapes—the stalks of hardneck garlic plants—and tossing them in compost piles, but over the ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: NBC NEWS

  3. Trimming turmoil

    Some residents are buzzing in anger over a PennDOT-ordered lopping of limbs - curb to sky - from trees along Broad Avenue between 24th and 31st streets, in preparation for repaving.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Altoona Mirror


  1. "Nine has a toe-cutter regime in charge, though I wouldn't presume action will be reckless and ruthless," said Fusion Strategy media analyst Steve Allen. "Ian Law (CEO of PBL Media) says you don't go lopping off the good arms as well as the...
    on Jun 4, 2007 By: Steve Allen Source: Melbourne Herald Sun

  2. "I know it's difficult, but the administration would be doing this country a much greater service by finding ways to lower the underlying costs of Medicare and Medicaid, rather than just lopping off the top," Baucus said. "These costs will...
    on Feb 10, 2007 By: Max Baucus Source: Washington Post

  3. "Once the government starts coming in and lopping off ...... principal, you're going to have the neighbor vs. neighbor type of thing," added Gilbert, who proposes government assistance for reducing mortgage interest rates in a plan he's...
    on Oct 9, 2008 By: Dan Gilbert Source: DetNews.com

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