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lop 1

 (lŏp)
tr.v. lopped, lop·ping, lops
1. To cut off (a part), especially from a tree or shrub: lopped off the dead branches.
2. To cut off a part or parts from; trim: lopped the vines back; lopped her curls shorter.
3. To eliminate or excise as superfluous: lopped him from the payroll.

[Perhaps from Middle English loppe, small branches and twigs.]

lop′per n.

lop 2

 (lŏp)
intr. & tr.v. lopped, lop·ping, lops
To hang or let hang loosely; droop.

[Origin unknown.]
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