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have the chops

have the chops

Date: Nov 12 2009

Themes: Work

Quote

1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“There are a thousand girls out there that have great acting chops and are pretty…Someone else could take my place.”

- Actress Kristen Bell on her competition. (US Weekly)

Definition

1. Definition - Study the definition.

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have the necessary ability; be very skilled at something

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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If you want to be great at something, you’ve got to have the chops. No, we’re not talking about the length of your sideburns. If you want to achieve fame and glory by being amazing at something, you have to have great skill—or chops.

Chops is slang for the jaws or mouth. Trumpet players need to have strong jaws if they want to become better players, so people used to say that you couldn’t become a great trumpet player if you didn’t have the chops for it. Later the expression came to mean the ability to play any instrument, not just the trumpet. And now we use chops to talk about any skill or ability.

To be a good painter, for instance, you have to have good painting chops. And to be a good actor, you have to have good acting chops. Kristen Bell has roles on two TV shows, Heroes and Gossip Girl, and she’s one of the stars of the new movie Couples Retreat. But she doesn’t think there’s anything special about her chops. She says there are a lot of pretty girls out there with great acting chops who could easily replace her as one of the hot young stars of the moment. So she just wants to enjoy being in the spotlight for as long as it lasts.

When you lick your chops, you look forward to something with great anticipation. And when someone busts your chops, he injures or harasses you. But if you want to get better at English, the only chops you need to worry about are your English chops.

What kind of chops do you have? Do you think it’s true that there are a lot of girls out there with good acting chops?

Examples

1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“David is a decent musician, but I don’t think he has the chops to be famous.”

“I don’t have great chops as a singer, but I’m determined to get better.”

“Lance is a brilliant actor. He has amazing chops.”

Winners

1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

Lubna Alyy to 'have great acting chops' means that he/she is a great actor/actress, knows how to act great, or is good at doing something/acting,their callings.......I guess.
by Lubna Alyy
NoMaD I could say: to have great acting chops means to have great acting skills and high performance.
by NoMaD
to have great acting chops means to have a talent in acting
by monacovalentina
chomo quality:0
by chomo
i think,it means that these girls have good acting abilities
by maryfrommars
I think it means be talented for or good at acting.
by Mr.Bean's wife
it means that they can change in acting. They can be in a different masks of actors.If she is sad, she could be a clown iа the scenario needs
by Morena Loca

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Comments

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seungmanlee68Super Member!

South Korea

I think I have chops  to persuade potential customers in a minute. However, I don’t have any chops to improve my Enlgish skills. If you have any chops regarding English learning, let me know it. ^^

01:40 AM Dec 30 2012 |

thecharlie77

Dominican Republic

i dont have a great chop as an english speaker.but im going to get better…

11:33 AM Mar 03 2010 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

Humm I guess I have great chops to work as a gym teacher ;) I'm pretty happy when I'm able to reach the goals of my pupils :)

11:11 AM Nov 19 2009 |

barth

barth

Mexico

really do you think tha have good chops it make you be better?, well i don't know, but i don't care abou it…

 

04:49 PM Nov 17 2009 |

Mr.Bean's wife

Myanmar

I  think I have amazing chops in being with kids. I think I am good with kids. I love them and they love me in return. I teach kids English and I really love my job. It gives me a lot of opportunities to be with kids. I always have a blast whenever I am with kids. 

09:32 PM Nov 16 2009 |

begitt

China

what dose it mean? It means somebody act very well,right?

06:53 PM Nov 16 2009 |

DaeNg

DaeNg

Thailand

Smile chops it means core skill or gift of personality.

08:43 AM Nov 16 2009 |

hazem02

hazem02

Jordan

My queen…

O my sweet dear queen…

to you i am writing…

my pen penning my feelings to you…

trying to let you know how much i miss you…

my queen…

wish you know,how much feelings i hold inside…

wish you feel my honest love which i keep into my heart…

wish you know ,how i feel just when i see you…

O my queen…

wish you know…

no one lived into my hearts` land…

no one has a rights to think about…

no one lived into my dreams…

no one shared me my loneliness…

no one touched the sensitive part into my heart… 

only you…

the only one who owned the mind and the heart…

owned my heart…

and become my queen…

O my queen…

sweet lovely queen…

please come be more close to me…

come and look into my eyes…

come and see the frame into my eyes…

its your picture into that frame…

drew into there from a long age…

and written around your picture…

i love you…

O my queen…

to you i am writing a meanings embodied by my soul…

and written through my breathes…

and sent to you through my longings` breeze…

chose you and called you…

to house forever your heart…

my sweet lovely queen…

my beautiful amazing tune…

and the address to my life…

you are my world which i always dive in…

from my missing seas…

sending you my perfumed warm lovely longings…

reminding you…

about this love…

about your lover…

that lover who holds you always into his heart…

dears lovely readers…

did you know now,who is my queen…

who is my sweetheart…

tomorrow or after tomorrow…

she will talk by herself to you all…

to tell you about her lover…

about me…

by:

www.poemhunter.com/poem/my-queen-8/

please feel free to read and to leave your comment and to rate my poem through my link above..

yours,..

hazem al…

12:55 AM Nov 15 2009 |

amrtalaatmustaf

Egypt

02:53 PM Nov 13 2009 |

azaotl

azaotl

Mexico

I think I have computer and technology chops =D

04:45 AM Nov 13 2009 |

nour_2

nour_2

Syrian Arab Republic

it's a hard climb to keep the chops in every thing we do…........but it's possibleLaughing

03:34 AM Nov 13 2009 |

nickyfat

China

I don't think I have some special chops, but I would say English if I was asked. I am just a normal person. And for sure, there're a lot of girls out there with good acting chops, and they just need to wait for it to come to them, the right moment, the right place and the right digger, if you know what I mean! So girls, be patient to be found out!

01:00 AM Nov 13 2009 |

mickee85

mickee85

Philippines

Yes! there's a lot of girls out there with good acting chops. As for mine, I have a chops on playing guitar, I'm not so good though, but at least I can play even just a littleFoot in mouth As for now, I am improving my english chops, that's all.

12:17 AM Nov 13 2009 |

willwan

Taiwan

I dont have any idea  about chops

04:53 PM Nov 12 2009 |

rosendo

rosendo

Mexico

yeahh , for instance Carmen Electra , o my gosh !!! she has a bunch of chopssss talking abt acting

saludos.

03:18 PM Nov 12 2009 |

jhpb2004

Brazil

1) At this moment, I really can't think any good chops.

2) Yeah, why not? They just need a great oportunuty to show their skills. Not only at acting, but also in a lot of another things there are so many people extremaly  "nerds" at what they love to do.

I wish I could have good flerting chops only to do Loff forget Brad Pitty. =D

I could make you the happiest girl of the word as him.

12:52 PM Nov 12 2009 |

antr1973@gmail.com

Egypt

can you explaine to me chops

07:00 AM Nov 12 2009 |

Reuben Jumbo

Nigeria

Sure there are a lots out they with good acting chops

06:31 AM Nov 12 2009 |

Reuben Jumbo

Nigeria

How i wis i have chops academically.

06:24 AM Nov 12 2009 |

akarw

Turkey

hello how are you.

 

03:05 AM Nov 12 2009 |

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