Definition of chip in US English:

chip

noun

  • 1A small piece of something removed in the course of chopping, cutting, or breaking a hard material such as wood or stone.

    ‘mulch the shrubs with cedar chips’
    ‘granite chips’
    • ‘Jabbing at the wood, they remove chips three to six inches tong.’
    • ‘The nuts are then crushed with lime and catechu, a scarlet and astringent extract made by boiling chips of wood from the areca palm.’
    • ‘He lifted it and hacked at the door again, and again, and small chips of wood started to fly off.’
    • ‘Scraps of cloth and chips of wood lay strewn across the room.’
    • ‘Burlap bags brimmed with fragrant leaves and chips of various woods.’
    • ‘To make wood-chip mulch, tow a chipper to the brush pile you left in the woods and blow the chips right into the trailer.’
    • ‘Nests are lined with bark chips or wood shavings or are a shallow cup made of roots, leaves and other plant fibers.’
    • ‘Weeds often cause problems so use an ornamental ground cover or spread pebbles or stone chips.’
    • ‘Sympathising with the labourers in quarry fields, they say, women workers engaged in the work are unmindful of tiny stone chips embedded in their skins.’
    • ‘She sent me out for chips and wood to start the fire.’
    • ‘The landowner gets quick cash, the company gets wood for chips, and workers at local sawmills get laid off.’
    • ‘He was a mountaintop-tree expert with a truck and a crew and machines that chopped up trees into chips.’
    • ‘He looked over at her, her eyes like hard chips of granite, sparkling with the light from the fire but remaining hard.’
    • ‘The blast had knocked two of them down to the ground, along with chips of wood and brush being scattered everywhere.’
    • ‘A Volkswagen Beetle left the road around 2.25 pm, thought to have skidded on newly laid stone chips.’
    • ‘I felt myself shiver and held onto myself in the dark as if I were a mere chip of wood or paper caught in a riptide.’
    • ‘Alice's zombie boyfriend is pounding the bathroom door, sending little chips of paint and wood cascading to the tiled floor.’
    • ‘The entire angel burst into flames, and stone chips began to flake away as Frost scrambled back for cover, gripping the small familiar in two hands.’
    • ‘Plane with the grain of the wood whenever possible, to avoid catching and lifting chips of wood.’
    • ‘I'm a sucker for hickory chips but anything from mesquite chips to apple wood can add a distinctive flavour to your favourite dish.’
    fragment, piece, bit
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    1. 1.1 A hole or mark on a hard object or surface where a small piece has broken off.
      ‘a chip on his tooth’
      • ‘It's a good way to discover scratches, chips and dents early.’
      • ‘Within two months after completion, the undermounted sink developed scratches, chips and discoloration.’
      • ‘Although they are smooth, there are some with chips and faults and mixtures of two different types of rock.’
      • ‘Remove dints and scratches and chips from cars; detail your car inside and out and respray the car, for $1000.’
      • ‘Those pieces with the minutest chip or flaw were smashed.’
      • ‘Any cracks, chips, holes, dips or spalls should be repaired in order to achieve a flat surface.’
      • ‘Repairing chips and scratches on older pieces may present a color match problem.’
      • ‘I noticed Rob had a pretty good set of china, except that it showed its age with minor chips and scratches in the decal.’
      • ‘If you're not prepared to rigorously keep up that pristine appearance, then the ensuing scuff marks, chips and cracks are sadly all too obvious.’
      • ‘Moreover, the chips and scars get more numerous as you approach the corner of the street - which is where the bomb must surely have landed.’
      • ‘There were no obvious tool marks, chips or defects, and the finish was perfectly consistent down to the sudden transition at the base of every fold.’
      • ‘A chip or nick on the top of the jar may not allow the jar to seal, and scratches may cause the jar to break during heat processing.’
      • ‘She also doesn't mind imperfection, the odd chip or scratch.’
      nick, crack, snick, scratch
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    2. 1.2British Wood or woody fiber split into thin strips and used for weaving hats or baskets.
      • ‘I also found a nice handmade chip basket in different colored wood.’
  • 2North American A thin slice of food (typically potato) made crisp by being fried, baked, or dried and eaten as a snack.

    ‘a bag of chips’
    ‘tortilla chips dipped in salsa’
    ‘banana chips’
    • ‘Greg will buy some new chip dip combo pack, take two bites, and toss it.’
    • ‘They all looked filling and sold for under $6 with a choice of chips or pretzels.’
    • ‘The thrasher does the same thing with a tortilla chip, picking it up in its beak and running into the underbrush to polish it off.’
    • ‘He smiled and returned the kiss before taking another chip and dipping it in the salsa.’
    • ‘I chuckled to myself and dipped another warm chip into the salsa.’
    • ‘Once it slips past the firm-ripe stage, enjoy its creamy goodness in everyone's favorite chip dip: guacamole.’
    • ‘Shoving the synthetic hairs behind her ears, she scooped up the nacho cheese with a tortilla chip.’
    • ‘Wrapped in a maize tortilla, preferably freshly made, or even on a tortilla chip, it might ever so distantly evoke the taste of Tenochtitlan.’
    • ‘Busy people will choose work over snacking if that bag of chips is going to take them away from the project at hand.’
    • ‘Emily smiled at Shannon and grabbed some chips out of the brown bag.’
    • ‘Ada and Adam continued down the snack aisle, piling food into their cart and dodging other customers as they wheeled back and forth from the chip dip to the pretzels.’
    • ‘Spoon a generous tablespoon of the fish mixture on each tortilla chip; top each with a cilantro leaf.’
    • ‘I spied a lone tortilla chip on the carpet and discreetly crushed it into teeny tiny little pieces beneath my flip flop.’
    • ‘Many foods, including chips, doughnuts, and fritters, are cooked this way.’
    • ‘Then I realized he was choking on a piece of tortilla chip and performed the Heimlich Maneuver.’
    • ‘Myra rolled her eyes and grabbed a tortilla chip, dunking it in the salsa.’
    • ‘Beer cans were everywhere, along with crumbs of chips, leftover pizzas, and popcorn.’
    • ‘We needed to make sure the salsa and chip quantities were matched.’
    • ‘Looking up from her food, a chip still only halfway in her mouth, she blinked.’
    • ‘I walked down the long aisle ways of the supermarket looking for my favorite bag of chips… Ruffle's Sour Cream and Onion.’
    • ‘My fingers had bits of chips and candy attached to them.’
    • ‘So before you chow down on those chips, read the fine print: A single bag may be considered to be more than one serving.’
    • ‘She glanced over at Patrick and Danny, who were both eating chips from the refreshments table and not saying a word to each other.’
    • ‘Today for lunch were hoagie sandwiches, chips, and a Rice Krispy treat that looked kinda old.’
    • ‘Gwen scooped up some salsa and shoved the laden chip into her mouth.’
    • ‘Brian got a chicken and cheese sub, Lay's sour cream and onion chips, and a Mug Root Beer.’
    • ‘The bowls are filled with chips; the hoagies are en route from the local sandwich joint.’
    • ‘The side dishes were some cheddar cheese flavored chips and a fruit salad.’
    • ‘Today, 33 percent of chips are eaten away from home and the most common partner with chips is a refrigerated chip dip.’
    • ‘After a hurried lunch of brown beans doused in tahini with salad and chips, we set off.’
    • ‘Trans fats are in chips, French fries, and baked goods that contain margarine or shortening.’
    • ‘Be on the lookout for smart choices, like a vitamin-rich broccoli spear, or pick up a pita chip and dip it in protein-packed hummus.’
    • ‘I was watching her like a hawk, but she timed her illegal grabs right as I turned to take a chip and dip it into salsa.’
    • ‘B. Moe's gives you chips with your burrito, so Chipotle loses points for charging for theirs.’
    • ‘The students brought every kind of chip, dip and snack imaginable to make their last day a memorable feast.’
    • ‘The dip becomes the object, the chip merely a passive conduit.’
    • ‘Do not buy anything - candy, chips, doughnuts, Pop-Tarts, cookies or soda from a vending machine.’
    • ‘This doesn't mean going to the vending machine and munching on chips at 2: 30 in the afternoon.’
    • ‘Which begs the question: Is it time to remove the salt shaker - or is it OK to nosh on salty chips with reckless abandon?’
    • ‘It happens with chips, candy, cereal, frozen foods, pickles, you name it.’
    1. 2.1 A small chunk of candy (typically chocolate) added to desserts, cookies, or sweet snacks.
      ‘chocolate chips’
    2. 2.2British A French fry, especially one that is thickly cut.
      ‘serve with potatoes, chips, rice, or pasta’
      • ‘There was a small café open several streets away, so feeling hungry as it was now past midday I entered and ordered myself a hamburger and chips from the counter where I sat.’
      • ‘Are there soft-drink machines, a sweet shop or a chip van outside?’
      • ‘We had one child who had never seen a tomato before and another who didn't realise that chips come from potatoes.’
      • ‘Veggie sticks - when stacked into a fast food restaurant chip holder, they look like chips but they are so much healthier!’
      • ‘Consisting of soup, two pieces of fish, chips, side salad and a soft drink, this is one lunch not to miss.’
      • ‘It could be that or the little things we do, like ordering fish, chips and peas for every meal.’
      • ‘Young French and German musicians sampled a traditional Bolton delicacy when they tucked into fish, chips and mushy peas.’
      • ‘We had fish and chip shop food at home and went to bed at midnight.’
      • ‘I opted for fish, chips and peas, which was £5 although I had a coffee too so the bill came to £6.10.’
      • ‘It was always chops, potatoes and, if you were lucky, steak and chips.’
      • ‘He might be a big chef who is on the telly but his favourite meal of all time is fish, chips and mushy peas.’
      • ‘Ainsley gives chips a refreshing and funky twist with a lemon and garlic chip recipe.’
      • ‘School heads have blamed the presence of chip vans and fast food shops for leading youngsters away from canteens at lunchtime.’
      • ‘Family came to Elgin from the province of Lucca in the late 19th century, and ran a sweet shop, then a fish and chip shop.’
      • ‘We had plenty of side orders including potato gratin, boiled potato and homemade chips as well as sugar snap peas and broccoli.’
      • ‘Among the English classics will be steak and kidney pudding, lamb chump chops, topside of beef, bangers and mash, and fish, chips and peas.’
      • ‘To test whether the oil is hot enough, dip a chip into the oil and watch.’
      • ‘Most of these dishes come with assorted vegetables, potatoes or chips and gravy.’
      • ‘And there's a traditional East Midlands fish and chip shop on the front, one among many, that serves the best rock salmon and chips you'll find anywhere.’
      • ‘The special offered a choice of chicken, red meat or fish - the other two meals being lamb shanks or old-fashioned fish & chips.’
  • 3A tiny wafer of semiconducting material used to make an integrated circuit; a microchip.

    • ‘An implantable, GPS-enabled chip is now becoming available.’
    • ‘Graphics chips render images by breaking them into small pieces called polygons.’
    • ‘The new pricing brought the cost of Intel's notebook chips closer in line with its desktop products.’
    • ‘Still, the test scores with both chips were repeatable, and the performance gain measured was that significant.’
    • ‘He bends down, picking up some type of computer chip.’
    • ‘The paper describes the proper structure for a new kind of metal electrode to accompany novel insulating materials in transistors on computer chips.’
    • ‘This speed is more than 100 times faster than that of the best security chip available at the beginning of last year, a phenomenal increase.’
    • ‘That's when he inherited the CEO post and set out to remake the company around a new flagship product, the digital signal processor chip.’
    • ‘The electron beam was magnetically aimed so as to encode the stream of data to be written, forming it into a sequence of dark and light spots on the chip.’
    • ‘Current integrated circuits, or computer chips, contain about 100 million transistors each.’
    • ‘The overclocking world was shaken when Winbond announced that it would discontinue its entire line of RAM chips.’
    • ‘An implanted computer chip will read the patient's own heart activity, sensing when the natural muscle is tiring, then kick-in to help the heart.’
    • ‘Computer chips are integrated circuits called microprocessors built up from transistors and other components.’
    • ‘Lower resistance means that transistors switch states faster and that makes chips compute quicker.’
    • ‘About every 18 months, the number of transistors in computer chips doubles.’
    • ‘On some computers, the BIOS chip is not removable, and so it could only be replaced by swapping the entire motherboard.’
    • ‘Over the next 18 months every plastic card will be replaced by one that contains a new, smarter computer chip which will store details of your secret PIN.’
    • ‘You find semiconductors at the heart of microprocessor chips as well as transistors.’
    • ‘To shrink the size of transistors on computer chips, semiconductor manufacturers are turning to shorter wavelength techniques.’
    • ‘You know, if I got a slightly larger memory chip, I could store it all on my phone…’
  • 4A counter used in certain gambling games to represent money.

    ‘a poker chip’
    • ‘If he likes to play the old-fashioned way, T. Anthony's game set holds cards, dice, poker chips, checkers, and chess.’
    • ‘That was a mercenary term for a poker game with fake chips, one just played for relaxation.’
    • ‘A drug dealer could convert his wads of notes into chips, put half on black and half on red then convert the chips back into clean money.’
    • ‘Palace Poker can be played without money or chips also.’
    • ‘It was defined in terms of how much gold you could turn it in for, like redeeming chips for money at a casino.’
    • ‘The players also need a supply of money or chips for betting.’
    • ‘Like poker chips, lasers may someday be molded out of plastic by the millions.’
    • ‘Scoring is best done with chips like many Chinese games.’
    • ‘Based on an oval track car race, this fairly simple game uses cards as a track and poker chips as race cars.’
    • ‘One night after the game I cashed in more in poker chips than I started with.’
    • ‘They found it contained two bibles, a chess set, a backgammon game, a deck of cards, poker chips and several paper back pulp fiction novels.’
    • ‘I did not look upon the chips as money; to me they were what they were - just pieces of plastic.’
    • ‘A poker player with lots of chips can force the game.’
    • ‘Poker chips are recommended, with the white chips representing 5 units, the reds 20, and the blues 1000.’
    • ‘The score can be recorded on paper or you can settle up in money or chips after each hand.’
    • ‘Instead of copy watches and copy CDs, I will sell copy casino chips and copy poker machine coins.’
    • ‘I thought maybe he'd taken a sudden interest in sewing but no - he intends to use them as gambling chips for poker games over at the other hotel.’
    • ‘Life is a gamble, and I like playing ‘All-In’ (a poker term for gambling all your chips on one hand).’
    • ‘Coins or small poker chips will serve as markers, and you can now buy little colored plastic train engines which look like the token from a Monopoly set.’
    • ‘Money can be laundered through casinos by gamblers who buy chips, then cash them and provide a receipt to legitimise the proceeds.’
    counter, token, disc, jetton
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  • 5(in soccer, golf, and other sports) a short lofted kick or shot.

    • ‘If a player gets too aggressive on a downhill putt on one of those greens, his next shot could be a chip or a pitch from the fairway.’
    • ‘One touch took Giggs round the goalkeeper and a chip across the vacated goalmouth presented Ronaldo with the simplest of finishes.’
    • ‘All week I just warmed up by hitting a few chips and putts.’
    • ‘Left with her second shot, her little chip barely reached the green.’
    • ‘More often than not you'll leave the next shot short with your chip or putt, and you'll probably be long with the next.’
    • ‘Among other things, you should also hit some chips and definitely some bunker shots.’
    • ‘His chip kick was partially charged down, but the bounce took it in front of the posts only for desperate Waterloo cover to clear the danger.’
    • ‘Similarly, York did not counter the fast-closing Park defence with the short chip kick.’
    • ‘Angling my shoulders so they are parallel to the slope lets me hit uphill chips just like any other chip shot.’
    • ‘In the drill shown here, I'm trying to hit chips short, long, left and right - but not to the pin itself.’
    • ‘We repeatedly are told to stop ‘quitting’ or decelerating at impact on our chips and putts.’
    • ‘The ball's solid rubber core and extremely thin but strong urethane elastomer cover appear to add distance to tee shots and control to chips and putts.’
    • ‘A dropped shot loomed at the long 16th after another bad drive, but from just over the back of the green Clarke holed out for par, using one of his woods for the chip.’
    • ‘I've holed my share of chips and had quite a few near-misses.’
    • ‘The most famous kick that Cantona ever delivered wasn't a sublime chip or a match-winning penalty, but a two-footed karate kick.’
    • ‘If you do bail out right and short, you'll have an easy chip.’
    • ‘He hit a poor tee shot, required two chips to find the green and then two-putted from 10 feet.’
    • ‘I finally pulled it way left of the green, hit a bad chip and sank a 30-footer.’
    • ‘So, while Woods is easily the best in the world from a tough situation - he's the most creative and has the most shots - he struggles to hit straightforward chips stiff to the hole.’
    • ‘But Tickle levelled the scores with a chip and chase to the line before Farrell's kick.’

verb

[with object]
  • 1Cut or break (a small piece) from a hard material.

    ‘we had to chip ice off the upper deck’
    • ‘Modern porcelain enamel can be chipped but only with a very hard blow that bends the base metal.’
    • ‘The surface of the rock was black from oxidation, and you could not always see the pink interior until you had chipped the piece with a rock hammer.’
    • ‘That movement saved him, as another silenced gunshot rang out, chipping the hard concrete floor above him.’
    • ‘The old neighborhood was falling apart, the paint was chipping off of the aging buildings and graffiti covered dumpsters, trash cans, benches, everything.’
    • ‘Her head fell upon a wooden end table, chipping parts of it.’
    • ‘Haha… did I say something about the tall, lanky boy who chipped half his teeth roller blading that I seem to like too much?’
    • ‘The unusual shape of the stone is in part the result of early visitors chipping pieces off to use as talismans or for curative purposes.’
    • ‘But day by day during those months, little Jamie chipped pieces of the sturdy shell that Serrah had made around herself.’
    • ‘Luckily they showed that I hadn't cracked it or chipped it.’
    • ‘As he fell face-first his mouth smashed against the hard corner of the table, chipping a front tooth.’
    • ‘It was so cold in there sometimes that we could chip icicles off the inside of the window.’
    • ‘Her foot scuffed the pavement and chipped the side of a shallow pothole.’
    • ‘It fell on one's hair and froze there, creating a helmet of ice that had to be literally chipped away.’
    • ‘Huge damage has been done to the plaza and large pieces are being chipped out of the seats there.’
    • ‘But the projectile went very deep, so it may have chipped the bone a bit.’
    • ‘A small hand shovel was leaning against the dirt wall in front of him and Eron picked it up and began chipping away portions of the wall.’
    • ‘That afternoon I'd chipped my own pieces off the Wall.’
    • ‘He tried again with a harder swing and chipped off a small piece!’
    • ‘A second test involves chipping small sections of concrete from the floor in several areas.’
    • ‘Just ask my dad and he'll willingly tell you how he had to chip an inch of ice off the windscreen before he could drive my mum to hospital.’
    nick, crack, snick, scratch
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    1. 1.1no object (of a material or object) break at the edge or on the surface.
      ‘the paint had chipped off the gate’
      • ‘It was small, green paint chipping off everywhere.’
      • ‘I don't like it much and the polish is chipping so I think I'm going to go for a rust color.’
      • ‘She saw a low ceiling with its paint chipped off - just like the ceiling of her house.’
      • ‘It is strong but can be chipped or broken easily, especially cup handles.’
      • ‘It's carved, with paint chipping off and other paint coming through.’
      • ‘There were gouges in the stock and the paint had chipped off the selector switch.’
      • ‘Bollards look unsightly with their paints all chipped off.’
      • ‘Everywhere paint was chipping, wood was cracking, piles of putrid garbage were collecting, and laundry lines were being strung anywhere it was possible to do so.’
      • ‘The lock had the appearance of a half - rusted mailbox; the wall it belonged to also owned a door with most of the paint chipped off.’
      • ‘Woks were rusty, cleaning equipment dirty, ceiling paint chipping and the food elevator was covered in blood and dried food.’
      • ‘They were brown and the polish was chipping slowly.’
      • ‘Tables were overturned, the wood chipped off in jagged points with their legs snapped off and gnawed on.’
      • ‘The third response is that large crystals have a higher probability of being chipped or broken while being collected.’
      • ‘In its first season, the league used red pucks, but the paint chipped off quickly.’
      break, break off, crack, fragment, crumble
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    2. 1.2 Cut pieces off (a hard material) to shape it or break it up.
      ‘craftsmen chipped the blocks of flint to the required shape’
      no object ‘she chipped away at the ground outside the door’
      • ‘It took three or four weekends to chip enough stone for one weekend's block laying.’
      • ‘He was chipping away pieces of a large rock, slowly hollowing it out.’
      • ‘Now it's lying on the beach and he's chipped away the mud and shells to reveal an iron canon.’
      • ‘This would be repeated until the rock was chipped down to the approximate size and shape of one of the few dozen letters in the flatumm alphabet.’
      • ‘I decide to work on the first option - chipping the rock away.’
      • ‘The ‘bio-mass’ or wood is then chipped, dried and stored in the same way as grain.’
      • ‘As he chipped the stone away, Michael realized it was a cylindrical object, tapering gradually to a point at each end, made entirely of the odd, silvery metal.’
      • ‘He soon came upon a small clearing where he found some saplings; he broke one off and found some rocks which he used to chip another rock into a point.’
      • ‘Once cooled, the outer clay is chipped away and the carbonized core reamed out, with the casting filed and chased.’
      • ‘In the U.S. eradication program, infested trees are also chipped into tiny pieces after they are taken down.’
      • ‘Into this add 125g crushed amaretti biscuits with 125g chipped hazelnuts.’
      • ‘He turns a chunk of wood over in his hands, mulling how he could cut it, sand it, chip it, glue it into something.’
      • ‘Timber will be chipped, and papers and cardboards will be baled.’
      • ‘Now, however, there's no shortage of wood chipping machines.’
      • ‘He reached for a piece and just a hair too close to his fingers for comfort a knife chipped wood.’
      • ‘Once the trees have been chipped, the material is collected to be used at the Wigan Road centre for landscaping.’
      • ‘For a lot of them, we had to chip the ice away from their feet to get them off the belt until we could get those birds run.’
      • ‘There was something about the beauty and simplicity of it that could chip the ice around a person's cold heart.’
      • ‘But we can always chip ice out of the north pole cap, that's a billion cubic kilometres of water ice just sitting there waiting to be dealt with.’
      • ‘He said for a night and a day the ice was chipped away revealing 54 bags of hashish ranging in weight from 50 to 100 pounds.’
      whittle, hew, chisel
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  • 2(in golf, soccer, and other sports) kick or strike (a ball or shot) to produce a short lobbed shot or pass.

    ‘he chipped a superb shot’
    • ‘He chipped his third shot through the green and watched as his fourth dribbled back to his feet before avoiding a double bogey by chipping in from 35 feet.’
    • ‘His shot arrived at the feet of Kerins, who skilfully chipped the ball over the stranded goalkeeper and into the net.’
    • ‘Many 90s-shooters try to chip the ball from a snarled lie just off the green.’
    • ‘Players chip the ball around rather than kicking long to packs so there are fewer marking contests involving more than two players.’
    • ‘At the far end, Kanu shimmies outside the box, makes room for a shot and tries to chip the ball into the top left-hand corner.’
    • ‘Thomas Hunt was in the right place at the right time and chipped a right-footed shot from the edge of the penalty area into an empty net.’
    • ‘O'Connor chipped the ball into the penalty area where Martin Reilly headed home from six yards.’
    • ‘He dummies Beye and has so much time and space to play with, it's inevitable he chips the ball lamely into the grateful hands of Runje.’
    • ‘But they played as if it was a fine day - chipping the ball around, setting things up.’
    • ‘At one point in the game, Franco Baresi chipped the ball out to the left where Paolo Maldini was waiting on the touchline.’
    • ‘He plays half the second hole one-handed, chipping the ball along the fairway with his right hand while cradling the phone to his ear with his left.’
    • ‘Larsson chips the ball across the face of the Anderlecht goal.’
    • ‘He chips the ball over Given and it bounces clear of both a backtracking Finnan and the empty net.’
    • ‘Try to chip the ball so it lands on the towel and rolls to the hole.’
    • ‘One thing every golfer can appreciate is a player who can chip the ball well.’
    • ‘The president was in the small putting green outside the Oval Office chipping golf balls and whining - he did this a lot - to his aides.’
    • ‘Though Sullivan, timing his run from the wing to perfection, appeared to have chipped the ball over Shelley, a superb late tackle thwarted him.’
    • ‘Beckham adroitly chips a dangerous ball into the box - who does he think he is, Zidane?’
    • ‘Faced with a stymie in the afternoon round, Runyan casually chipped his ball over Snead's and into the cup for another winner.’
    • ‘I often see amateurs try to chip the ball and just chunk it, leaving it in the rough.’

Phrases

  • a chip off the old block

    • informal Someone who resembles their parent in character or appearance.

      • ‘Somebody looked at me, then at my father and decided, ‘He's a chip off the old block.’’
      • ‘Yes, perhaps Ferry is a chip off the old block after all.’
      • ‘King Abdullah is a chip off the old block, really.’
      • ‘And he's a brick, a chip off the old block, a good ‘un.’
      • ‘Son has worked with father since his teens and, by all accounts, is definitely a chip off the old block for, like his dad, Chris is ‘a practical guy’.’
      • ‘Is his son a chip off the old block in interest in international affairs?’
      • ‘Glen, of Lowther Crescent, Leyland, said it all happened so quickly, but is thrilled for Sam who is clearly a chip off the old block.’
      • ‘Martin is literally a chip off the old block and carries on the family tradition not just by chops but also by manufacturing top quality racing axes.’
      • ‘He might even turn out to be a chip off the old block.’
      • ‘So, like a chip off the old block, I felt compelled to keep telling the story until someone graced me with a response.’
      • ‘I didn't know she had it in her… but perhaps she's more of a chip off the old block than I gave her credit for.’
      • ‘And five years after that reunion, there is no doubt now that Ford is very much a chip off the old block.’
      • ‘Daniel '71, Ph.D. '78 (early Islamic history), is what old-timers would call a chip off the old block.’
      • ‘Scott had taken Sean's promotion at the law firm, and Mr. Sinclair had no doubt in his mind that Brandon was a chip off the old block.’
      • ‘He certainly is a chip off the old block - he not only bears a striking resemblance to his father but also moves very much like him.’
      • ‘She was also developing an expensive, hedonistic lifestyle, proving she was a chip off the old block, and she graduated into a notorious celebrity.’
      • ‘Renowned as a playboy who has dated a string of Indonesian starlets, Tommy is, as the saying goes, a chip off the old block.’
      • ‘If young Les proves to be a chip off the old block, then Workers are, indeed, in good hands.’
      • ‘But the fly-half is a chip off the old block when it comes to meticulous planning and almost disturbing dedication to duty.’
      • ‘He claims his inheritance, transforms his arid lands into a lush and prosperous farm through an irrigation scheme, and is generally seen as a chip off the old block.’
  • a chip on one's shoulder

    • informal A deeply ingrained grievance or feeling of resentment, often deriving from a sense of inferiority and marked by aggressive behavior.

      • ‘‘I tried to take lads who had a bit of a chip on their shoulder,’ he said.’
      • ‘I WOULD be a liar if I said I didn't have a chip on my shoulder about Italian restaurants.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Now, if you're a child of parents being snubbed, I think it's perfectly natural to develop a chip on your shoulder.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I suppose you could grow up with a chip on your shoulder.’
      • ‘But if you complain too much you have got a chip on your shoulder.’
      • ‘‘You can't go around with a chip on your shoulder, blaming the world for your problems,’ he says of the rioters.’
      • ‘‘Football is such a violent game, a player really needs to have a chip on their shoulder to succeed,’ he says.’
      • ‘This family obviously has a chip on their shoulder and another thought should not be wasted on this.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘Savage, like many people who are motivated by hatred, has a chip on his shoulder as a failed academic rejected by liberal Berkeley.’
      • ‘I think you have a chip on your shoulder about private education.’
      • ‘To have a chip on your shoulder against authority is immature.’
      • ‘‘I suppose I did have a little bit of a chip on my shoulder,’ he said.’
      • ‘Maybe I have a chip on my shoulder about John's skill as a wordsmith.’
      • ‘But having to break into America certainly is annoying, and it is sort of something I've got a chip on my shoulder about.’
      • ‘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.’
      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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  • when the chips are down

    • informal When a very serious and difficult situation arises.

      • ‘CAN A person trust others for support when the chips are down?’
      • ‘It's a great place to play when the chips are down.’
      • ‘But the crisis has shown us how amazing people can be when the chips are down.’
      • ‘This is a dreamy, imaginative and sensitive sign, but underneath is a steely strength that can be relied upon when the chips are down; hence the rapid recovery when the band hit trouble.’
      • ‘It is like a family, and when the chips are down, everybody is there and just sort of mucks in,’ she says.’
      • ‘I learnt a lot about people and dignity when the chips are down and this started my interest in helping people plan their careers and achieve a measure of survivability.’
      • ‘What has happened to and because of the Tampa, the arrogant misbehaving in the face of the rule of law, is something that, when the chips are down, could happen to every one of us here.’
      • ‘But the fact is that, when the chips are down, most people haven't the courage or have too much to lose to confront the boss - whatever the situation.’
      • ‘Joe's Zimbabwe post talked about a number of things, but I want to draw on my experience and focus on one thing: what makes people act when the chips are down?’
      • ‘In crunch time, to use another sports analogy, when the chips are down, those of us who cover sports do tend to let our fandom show, and this is despite the jaded nature of the average sports reporter.’
      • ‘I think it is the job of supporters to encourage as much as possible, even when the chips are down, and if expectations have not been met by the final whistle then fans should vent their frustration.’
      • ‘The team that used to put away inferior teams with such professional élan in the past is starting too look a little lacklustre when the chips are down.’
      • ‘But when the chips are down, Douglas has no doubt that things will be different, citing the controlled aggression displayed last year as evidence.’
      • ‘‘I think it's really important when the chips are down to support your home team,’ she said.’
      • ‘If, however, you do not see eye-to-eye with your investors then their rights - particularly when the chips are down - can become a restriction on the development of your business.’
      • ‘And that in itself is another cause for satisfaction, another sign of a ‘team’ unified in its aim; when the chips are down and things aren't going their way they roll up their sleeves and dig in.’
      • ‘He also needs to show that, notwithstanding his mostly-superficial second term problems, he can get what he wants from the Senate when the chips are down.’
      • ‘But in actual fact when the chips are down and the global operations centre cannot diagnose what's wrong with a particular service, it falls back on people in the field.’
      • ‘But when the chips are down (despite some pretty unlikely situations), their determination shines through.’
      • ‘A truly mean player won't hesitate to play dirty when the chips are down.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • chip in (or chip something in)

    • 1Contribute something as one's share of a joint activity, cost, etc.

      ‘Rollie chipped in with nine saves and five wins’
      ‘the council will chip in a further £30,000 a year’
      • ‘Old songwriting hand Tom Morgan chips in, so does Ben Lee with two beauties, and Jellyfish's Jon Brion not only co-produces but co-writes five tracks.’
      • ‘We have thought of a few options like borrowing a barn on a farm and doing it all up and looking at everyone else chipping in.’
      • ‘‘Too often we win games through an individual performance and to be a complete side capable of winning next year's World Cup we need to get everyone chipping in,’ he said.’
      • ‘For AAM, Paddy Conlon replied with a hat-trick, but with Bruce Rowan, Ryan Cathro, Gordon Shepherd and Dailly again chipping in after half time, Wanderers made it look comfortable.’
      • ‘And finally, the celebrated tv personality Melvyn Bragg chips in with this.’
      • ‘He scored 18 goals in Greece last season so I expect him to be chipping in when he gets in the swing.’
      • ‘If he keeps popping up in the box, he could end up being a midfield player who chips in with double figures - maybe not this year, but in future years.’
      • ‘Do it now and don't forget to fill out a gift aid declaration so that Uncle Gordon Brown chips in and increases your donation by 28%.’
      • ‘Enough revenue was chipped in, so to speak, to allow him to open a new restaurant on Second Avenue, where the food wasn't as sublime as its inspiration but was far more affordable.’
      • ‘It's good that all our strikers are scoring and, with the other players chipping in too, we're always going to be a goal-scoring threat.’
      • ‘Although the money from the Government is not a substantial amount, if everyone chips in the total can add up very nicely.’
      contribute, donate, give, make a contribution, make a donation, hand over, pay
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    • 2Make an interjectio; interject.

      with direct speech ‘‘He's right,’ Gloria chipped in’
      • ‘Geoff chips in: ‘By the eighth day we had almost given up hope and would have settled for just a phone call to let us know she was safe and being well cared for.’’
      • ‘‘How you feature in it, and the respect they (the artist) have for you,’ Lotta chips in.’
      • ‘His pal, a farmer's son, chips in, ‘Not as serious now, though, is it?’’
      • ‘That thought seems to have occurred to his daughter as well: ‘I wouldn't enjoy playing the game that I love for money,’ she chips in.’
      • ‘Fellow dancer Dave Brisk chips in, ‘It's also a great opportunity to meet new people and make some new friends.’’
      • ‘‘Well, if we're using a fender amp we should really use a fender cab ’, Andy chips in.’
      • ‘‘And the only thing that me and Kenny know is music so we just did that and created this huge bouncing building,’ Woody chips in.’
      • ‘‘And not when she's got this very tough-looking girlfriend hovering in the background,’ Ryan chips in.’
      • ‘But that didn't stop Gilz chipping in with the now days old argument, ‘If you go to a farm there's milk and cheese.’’
      interrupt, cut in, chime in, break in, interject, interpose, butt in
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Origin

Middle English: related to Old English forcippian ‘cut off’.

Pronunciation

chip

/tʃɪp//CHip/