Chop and change

Posted by James Briggs on April 21, 2005

In Reply to: Chop and change posted by Colin on April 21, 2005

: Does anyone have any ideas as to the meaning and origin of the phrase "chop and change."?

Change is understandable but Chop? I can find no modern origin, but in my 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tonge the expression was in use and chop was slang for "making dispatch, or hurrying over any business", hence our modern saying "Chop, chop" when urging someone to hurry.