chop logic

chop logic

Many of the jokes are far past saving and a good bit of the chop logic word play is tedious word work.

2. noun
Chopped logic: reasoning which is improper; sophistry.

Mere chop-logic!—you have nothing to say.

3. verb
a) To argue skillfully, using complex logic or clever reasoning.

When the tables are drawn, you shall hold a disputation with him. It will be sport to hear how you chop logic at your Universities yonder.

b) To make an argument which is illogical, especially one which is overly complex or which improperly uses fine or clever distinctions; to equivocate.

King James delighted to chop logic and theology with the doctors of the university.


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  • Chop-logic — Chop log ic, n. One who bandies words or is very argumentative. [Jocular] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chop-logic — [chäp′läj′ik] n. hairsplitting argumentation or evasive reasoning * * * …   Universalium

  • chop-logic — [chäp′läj′ik] n. hairsplitting argumentation or evasive reasoning …   English World dictionary

  • chop logic — phrasal : to make unnecessary distinctions or dispute with an affected use of logical terms * * * chop logic To argue contentiously or fallaciously • • • Main Entry: ↑chop chop logic see under ↑chop2 • • • Main Entry: ↑logic * * * argue in a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • chop logic — argue in a tiresomely pedantic way. [C16: from a dialect use of chop meaning bandy words .] → chop …   English new terms dictionary

  • To chop logic — Chop Chop, v. t. [Cf. D. koopen to buy. See {Cheapen}, v. t., and cf. {Chap}, v. i., to buy.] 1. To barter or truck. [1913 Webster] 2. To exchange; substitute one thing for another. [1913 Webster] We go on chopping and changing our friends. L… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chop logic — phrasal to argue with sophistical reasoning and minute distinctions …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • chop logic — Synonyms and related words: analyze, anatomize, argue, argufy, around the bush, atomize, bandy words, beat about, beg the question, bicker, boggle, cavil, change, choplogic, contend, contest, cross swords, cut and thrust, desynonymize, difference …   Moby Thesaurus

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