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have the chops

have the chops

Date: Nov 12 2009

Themes: Work


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)


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?


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.”


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

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
I think it means be talented for or good at acting.
by Mr.Bean's wife
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
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
NoMaD I could say: to have great acting chops means to have great acting skills and high performance.
by NoMaD

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hello my friend,


10:42 AM Nov 12 2009 |

Shinichi Lover


good slang, for me I have chops in photoshop..

10:15 AM Nov 12 2009 |




I don't think i have great chops


09:49 AM Nov 12 2009 |


Saudi Arabia

how are you?

06:54 AM Nov 12 2009 |

Jeremy Chen


I wannna have some awesome beef chops, 'cause I am hungry XD….

06:04 AM Nov 12 2009 |



i'm a great manager, but i don't have chops to deal with the some subordinates.

05:39 AM Nov 12 2009 |



i have some skils in my carrer that are chops and i need to keep that level.

05:36 AM Nov 12 2009 |



United States

My teachers used to tell me that i have chops . . . I just must give them possibilities to come out ! :)But i need to learn how to sit , because i can’t be on one place for a long time :)

05:25 AM Nov 12 2009 |




I've learnt a lot, but now I dont think there are some great chops I have.oops.It seems I'll have a long way to go.

02:19 AM Nov 12 2009 |



I got chops in interior design, with specific chops in 3d & 2d. Yeah, acting is something that you can earn as a talent and you make it better by acting class or something. 

01:25 AM Nov 12 2009 |

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