Definition of chip in (or chip something in) in US English:

chip in (or chip something in)

phrasal verb

  • 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’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although the money from the Government is not a substantial amount, if everyone chips in the total can add up very nicely.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And finally, the celebrated tv personality Melvyn Bragg chips in with this.’
    • ‘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%.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He scored 18 goals in Greece last season so I expect him to be chipping in when he gets in the swing.’
    • ‘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.’
    contribute, donate, give, make a contribution, make a donation, hand over, pay
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  • 2informal Make an interjectio; interject.

    with direct speech ‘‘He's right,’ Gloria chipped in’
    • ‘His pal, a farmer's son, chips in, ‘Not as serious now, though, is it?’’
    • ‘‘And not when she's got this very tough-looking girlfriend hovering in the background,’ Ryan chips in.’
    • ‘‘How you feature in it, and the respect they (the artist) have for you,’ Lotta chips in.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘‘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.’
    interrupt, cut in, chime in, break in, interject, interpose, butt in
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