Main definitions of chink in English

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chink1

noun

  • 1A narrow opening, typically one that admits light.

    ‘a chink in the curtains’
    • ‘Modern business has not only widened the chink but has broken down the door and removed the walls when it comes to the exploitation of Santa.’
    • ‘Has the god-given right been passed on to me to stand at my windows, with a small chink in the curtains, and spy on the exciting events going on in - Road, Ealing?’
    • ‘Who knows what other microarthropods are lurking in the sand beneath, interstitial fauna inhabiting the chinks of the world.’
    • ‘He examines the snail trail of viscous fluid by the light from a chink in the curtains.’
    • ‘Light pours in from a chink in the roof of the tomb and shines on the tree, giving it an almost magical glow.’
    • ‘Light and air enter through chinks in the walls or holes in the roof.’
    • ‘The sun was filtering softly through a chink in the curtains, as it had yesterday morning.’
    • ‘It was the will that shaped and stiffened character, shouldered moral responsibility, and opened up the narrowest chink of freedom in the solid wall of scientific determinism.’
    • ‘In the gloom they were… terrifying: nightmarish shapes against the slivers of light seeping through the chinks in the shutters, overbearingly huge from my perspective.’
    • ‘Only a small sliver of light shone through a chink in the wall, falling just in front of the lady's feet.’
    • ‘Through chinks in the blinds he could see light shining through, so he assumed it was still daytime.’
    • ‘What a pity they didn't stop up the chinks and the crannies though, and thrust in a little lint here and there.’
    • ‘Midmorning sunlight was glowing through the drapes, a sliver finding its way through a chink and splitting a bright line across the ceiling.’
    • ‘Although no-one else had seen or heard him, in the cold light of day he felt ashamed that he had allowed a chink to appear in his brash and arrogant exterior.’
    • ‘Pale, subdued daylight was leaking through a chink in the curtains.’
    • ‘Soon as we passed the first building I was aware of the faces rising up out the internal gloom of closed doors and shuttered windows, stealing glances at us through chinks and cracks.’
    • ‘What little light there was had to fight its way through chinks in the walls.’
    • ‘For those who do want to wedge the door open that Hitler did not know, there are some chinks or openings.’
    • ‘Sometime ago, there was a mail from a reader about a bad day at office that was made okay by light streaming through chinks between leaves on a tree.’
    • ‘The apartment sits still and flat, dazzling sunlight spearheading it's way through splices in the curtains and chinks in the blinds.’
    opening, gap, space, hole, aperture, break, breach, crack, fissure, crevice, cranny, cleft, cut, rift, split, slit, slot
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    1. 1.1 A beam or patch of light admitted by a narrow opening.
      ‘I noticed a chink of light under the door’
      • ‘A chink of light arrived when Adebola headed a consolation on his Turf Moor debut with just five minutes left, reacting first when Robbie Blake's cross cannoned off a Watford knee.’
      • ‘The first chink of light fell to Blake, who was perfectly placed to receive James Walker's miskick as the keeper came thundering out to the right touchline to clear.’
      • ‘Fortunately there is a chink of light in Scotland.’
      • ‘Having a chink of light overhead, provided by a glass sunroof, alleviates any depressive effect.’
      • ‘After a fine display against fellow relegation contenders Crusaders, and a 3-0 win, there a chink of light.’
      • ‘Engineering and manufacturing companies in the Yorkshire region are still finding life tough - but they may have spotted a chink of light at the end of the tunnel.’
      • ‘Pocklington may represent a scene from Casualty at the moment, but while the seniors struggle at the bottom of Yorkshire Two with injuries, there is a chink of light for the future.’
      • ‘Not a chink of light was allowed to be seen and regular street patrols were maintained.’
      • ‘A house-holder could be fined for showing a chink of light during the blackout, for wasting food, for inadvertently entering a restricted area without permission.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, it was deserved in the light of the Hawick pressure and they turned with a chink of light at 15-5.’
      • ‘But key to last week's rally was some stronger-than-expected economic data that allowed the market to let a chink of light into the darkness.’
      • ‘Soft footsteps and a chink of light announced Lana's entrance into the room and the bed sank with the smaller women's weight.’
      • ‘The moon was full enough, even without the odd chink of light streaming through the shutters of the three cottages which were still occupied, for him to tell the farm below him had known better days.’
      • ‘A chink of light for North and East Yorkshire's hard-hit farming community will be unveiled next week, the Evening Press can exclusively reveal.’
      • ‘The chink of light which promised to herald something of a footballing renaissance in Carlow was cruelly extinguished by a surprisingly lively Laois in Dr. Cullen Park on Saturday.’
      • ‘Up at Tannadice Park, after years of fumbling around in the darkness for a chink of light, fans are indeed beginning to dream of a bright, orange future.’
      • ‘A chink of light was given to the fans when the RFL decided to wait until Tuesday, March 26, to see if anyone comes forward to take on the club before accepting the Wasps' resignation.’
      • ‘The expectation of the relay squad arrives at a time when there is, at least, a chink of light domestically in the event.’
      • ‘Windows had to be blacked out so that they didn't show even a chink of light.’

Phrases

  • a chink in someone's armour

    • A weak point in someone's character or arguments which makes them vulnerable to attack.

      ‘there was a chink in the armour of his benevolence and it was well worth trying to exploit it’
      • ‘I don't want them to find out the hard way when the media has found a chink in their armor and taken advantage of it.’
      • ‘‘England don't have too many weak points,’ he replies when asked where a chink in their armour might be found.’
      • ‘They will also be looking for a chink in Harrison 's armour, a barely-noticeable weakness that they can use to destroy him when the time comes.’
      • ‘If there is a chink in Hatton 's armour, it may be this punch.’
      • ‘While it has been stated that it would take something as strong as kryptonite to create a chink in Wark 's armour, close friends said she would have been stung by such criticism.’
      • ‘Before that tournament you were bulletproof, but suddenly there was a chink in your armour.’
      • ‘Some starting lineups can put a chink in any knight 's armor; others can't even lift a sword.’
      • ‘They will pose the biggest challenge we have had at home this season and it is a case of trying to find a chink in their armour.’
      • ‘They probably just want to see a chink in your armour, so to speak.’
      • ‘My booking agent and dear friend said to me recently, ‘You realize that everybody is looking for a chink in your armor.’’
      • ‘But they have a chink in their armour, their bench is said not to be the strongest, and they don't have the quality players they need to reinvigorate their side.’
      • ‘A foolish move, I now could see a chink in its armour.’
      • ‘Yet somehow one feels compelled to go through the motions in the vain hope that someone will suddenly show a chink in their armour, knowing that even if they did you could not write it without endangering them.’
      • ‘Can a glamorous, ruthless TV journalist manage to find a chink in his armour?’
      • ‘That image of him looking so alone put a chink in Tang 's armor.’
      • ‘He had my mother grill me that day about the kidnapping, looking for a chink in my armor.’
      • ‘But everybody has a chink in their armour; his was found when asked to play on a Peter Green tribute album.’
      • ‘And will a ruthless TV journalist find a chink in his armour?’
      • ‘You look for a chink in Schumacher 's armour, and you just can't find one.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: related to chine.

Pronunciation

chink

/tʃɪŋk/

Main definitions of chink in English

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chink2

verb

  • Make or cause to make a light, high-pitched ringing sound, as of glasses or coins striking together.

    no object ‘the chain joining the handcuffs chinked’
    with object ‘they chinked glasses and kissed’
    • ‘Fortunately, neither Ked nor Gadrikhor had noticed when she made a hasty grab for it before it chinked at the rim of her plate.’
    • ‘Coins chinked above him as the girls began to count the coins into a lunch box.’
    • ‘The metal chinked, and the door slid open, revealing Blaze, leaning heavily on the wall, panting.’
    • ‘Their byrnies were gleaming, the strong links of shining chain-mail chinked together.’
    • ‘Newsagents' cash registers chinked to the silvery tune of an additional 1.75 million 5p coins hitting the tills.’
    • ‘He threw a small tweed bag at her, and it chinked like stones as it landed at Drachna's crooked and yellowed toes.’
    • ‘This week, when you're chinking your champagne glasses and raising a toast to the neighbours who've become good friends, just remember.’
    • ‘The heater hadn't kicked in for quite some time and the room was freezing, so cold he heard ice crackling on the walls, falling from the faucet into the sink, spilling over and chinking onto the marble floor.’
    • ‘He was weighted with a massive array of tools, chinking whenever he moved.’
    • ‘Her acoustic guitar and occasional pianos chink like distant cutlery amid whispered teases and the thrill of confidences shared.’
    • ‘I recently fixed an old favorite - it worked fine, but didn't chink when you opened it.’
    • ‘Inside, the rich and famous would be chinking glasses of Champagne, and looking forward to yet another staggering gourmet experience on the move.’
    • ‘McPherson pulled a large bundle of keys out of his overstuffed pocket, causing them to chink and jingle noisily.’
    • ‘The metal planking chinked underneath the boys' boots as the pair stepped onto the sub.’
    • ‘Steam hissed out from the underside of the panels and the rotating slowed to a halt, the poles chinking into place in the cold, metal floor.’
    • ‘We chatted like old friends - as indeed we are, having communed together many times on the Naked Blog Tagboard - and even chinked our cans together in a toast to Peter himself.’
    • ‘In one of the many shelters, a small rusted bell chinked against the worn door with a piece of cardboard with messy handwriting on it that read ‘OPEN’.’
    • ‘His mellifluous deep belly laugh occupies the same low register as his bass and my mind wanders back to the bottles rattling and chinking behind the bar during his sporadic solos the night before.’
    • ‘His chains chinking ominously in the empty house, he found no sign of a coffee maker or coffee beans of any sort.’
    jingle, jangle, clink, tinkle, rattle, clank
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noun

  • A high-pitched ringing sound.

    ‘the chink of glasses’
    • ‘It's a vote for a smoother, wittier, more stylish world than the one we've landed up with: the chink of glass against glass, the sharp flare of trumpets, the devastating couplet and the clutch of hand on hip.’
    • ‘There is a constant buzz of chatter and the chink of glasses.’
    • ‘The leather sack containing the required gold coins made a solid chink sound as it landed on the turf.’
    • ‘Through the whole stressful ordeal the employee should also have had time to notice if there were: street, house or office noises in the background, whether there were animal sounds, or even the chink of crockery.’
    • ‘The chink of a clinking champagne glass and a silver teaspoon drew everybody's attention.’
    • ‘there was a chink as I dropped the last piece of glass into the bowl.’
    • ‘So, then, listen closely and it is almost possible to hear the chink of ice in whisky glasses as the last days of the Raj draw near.’
    • ‘Through the eerie stillness I think I can hear people's laughter, the chink of crystal glasses and the crunch of boots on gravel as yet more well-heeled guests arrive.’
    • ‘There was absolute silence as the strange ritual was done, the only sound the muffled chink of coins and the rustle of clothes as each recipient genuflected to the glittering Prince.’
    • ‘There were small scrabbling sounds, the chink of Michael's sword striking the stone, a grunt of effort.’
    • ‘A chink sounded and Ice appeared from behind the bar with a shotgun.’
    • ‘The clink and chink of the glass was soothing and nerve-wracking all at once.’
    • ‘On the opening ‘Bent Blue’ Hall begins unaccompanied, his crabbed chords and spiky lead lines ringing over the chinks of glasses and the occasional cough.’
    • ‘The chink of plates and the hubbub of conversation drifting from the pub failed to lure me in.’

Origin

Late 16th century: imitative.

Pronunciation

chink

/tʃɪŋk/

Main definitions of chink in English

: chink1chink2Chink3

Chink3

noun

offensive, informal
  • A Chinese person.

Origin

Late 19th century: irregular formation from China.

Pronunciation

Chink

/tʃɪŋk/