So, what exactly are "acting chops"?

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Dreddful

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We've been hearing it used for years, though it seems to be almost daily now we hear an actor has the "acting chops" to pull off a role. What exactly are these chops? Just curious....
 

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gunnerk19

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firesprite

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Cassell’s Dictionary of Slang


CHOPS noun: 1) [18th century and still in use] The jaws, the mouth, the lips. 2) [1940s and still in use] (originally U.S. Black) Ability, skill, competence. [from jazz musicians figurative reference to the use of one’s mouth and lips in playing a wind instrument]


Based on this, it probably just got picked up and morphed to refer to talent in general.
 

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