A word mentioned in 9 Hen. VI. c. 65, by the sense of which it was in those days a kind of trade, and by the judges declared to be lawful. But Brooke, in his abridgment, says it was only permissible by law. It was, without doubt, a nickname given to those who used to change benefices, as to “chop and change” is a common expression. Jacob.

More On This Topic

Link to This Definition
Did you find this definition of CHOP-CHURCH helpful? You can share it by copying the code below and adding it to your blog or web page.
Written and fact checked by The Law Dictionary