Definition of a chip on one's shoulder in English:

a chip on one's shoulder

phrase

informal
  • An ingrained feeling of resentment deriving from a sense of inferiority and sometimes marked by aggressive behaviour:

    ‘I had a dirty great chip on my shoulder—I thought everybody was against me’
    • ‘The reason some crime writers have a chip on their shoulder about the label is because their good books are shelved beside books about nuns and birdwatchers and cats who solve crimes.’
    • ‘Maybe I have a chip on my shoulder about John's skill as a wordsmith.’
    • ‘I had a chip on my shoulder about the chips on other people's shoulders, and as so often with shoulder chips, the chips I perceived in others were often imagined or exaggerated.’
    • ‘Le petit merde, also known as Douglas Alexander, has insisted he's going to support England and that anybody who doesn't has got a chip on their shoulder.’
    • ‘‘You can't go around with a chip on your shoulder, blaming the world for your problems,’ he says of the rioters.’
    • ‘But having to break into America certainly is annoying, and it is sort of something I've got a chip on my shoulder about.’
    • ‘‘I tried to take lads who had a bit of a chip on their shoulder,’ he said.’
    • ‘This family obviously has a chip on their shoulder and another thought should not be wasted on this.’
    • ‘I think you have a chip on your shoulder about private education.’
    • ‘Savage, like many people who are motivated by hatred, has a chip on his shoulder as a failed academic rejected by liberal Berkeley.’
    • ‘I suppose you could grow up with a chip on your shoulder.’
    • ‘‘I suppose I did have a little bit of a chip on my shoulder,’ he said.’
    • ‘If you've got a chip on your shoulder about men and you take that with you to your next relationship, then he's dead in the water before he ever starts.’
    • ‘Now, if you're a child of parents being snubbed, I think it's perfectly natural to develop a chip on your shoulder.’
    • ‘But if you complain too much you have got a chip on your shoulder.’
    • ‘To have a chip on your shoulder against authority is immature.’
    • ‘Still, he found himself plunged right into the middle of the notoriously divided jazz world, where every camp views others with suspicion, and everyone seems to have a chip on their shoulder.’
    • ‘‘Football is such a violent game, a player really needs to have a chip on their shoulder to succeed,’ he says.’
    • ‘I have a chip on my shoulder because I think it is uncalled for that I get dog's abuse in every game, year after year.’
    • ‘I WOULD be a liar if I said I didn't have a chip on my shoulder about Italian restaurants.’
    bitterness, indignation, irritation, pique, displeasure, dissatisfaction, disgruntlement, discontentment, discontent, resentfulness, bad feelings, hard feelings, ill feelings, acrimony, rancour, animosity, hostility, jaundice, antipathy, antagonism, enmity, hatred, hate
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