A plate of chop suey.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: altered by associated, association with chop ; from Chinese tsa-sui, literally , various pieces
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- A Chinese-American dish consisting of small pieces of meat or chicken cooked with bean sprouts and other vegetables and served with rice.
- Informal A miscellany: “His coterie of execs were up to their pin stripes in a chop suey of deals” (TV Guide).
Origin: Chinese (Cantonese) tsaāpsuì, miscellaneous bits, equivalent to Chinese (Mandarin) zá, mixed + Chinese (Mandarin) suì, to break up, pieces.