Definition of chip in English:
- Jabbing at the wood, they remove chips three to six inches tong.
- Nests are lined with bark chips or wood shavings or are a shallow cup made of roots, leaves and other plant fibers.
- The landowner gets quick cash, the company gets wood for chips, and workers at local sawmills get laid off.
- 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.
- 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.
- It's a good way to discover scratches, chips and dents early.
- I chuckled to myself and dipped another warm chip into the salsa.
- The students brought every kind of chip, dip and snack imaginable to make their last day a memorable feast.
- He smiled and returned the kiss before taking another chip and dipping it in the salsa.
- She decided on two ice creams; one chocolate and one mint chip.
- They all have pink frosting, but the insides are all different flavors, chocolate, cherry chip, black forest, whatever.
- I made another one of those apricot and coconut and chocolate chip cakes and gave a big chunk of it to the boy's mum.
- School heads have blamed the presence of chip vans and fast food shops for leading youngsters away from canteens at lunchtime.
- Veggie sticks - when stacked into a fast food restaurant chip holder, they look like chips but they are so much healthier!
- To test whether the oil is hot enough, dip a chip into the oil and watch.
- You find semiconductors at the heart of microprocessor chips as well as transistors.
- Current integrated circuits, or computer chips, contain about 100 million transistors each.
- The paper describes the proper structure for a new kind of metal electrode to accompany novel insulating materials in transistors on computer chips.
- That was a mercenary term for a poker game with fake chips, one just played for relaxation.
- 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.
- A poker player with lots of chips can force the game.
- 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.
- He hit a poor tee shot, required two chips to find the green and then two-putted from 10 feet.
- 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.
verb (chips, chipping, chipped)[with object] Back to top
- 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.
- A second test involves chipping small sections of concrete from the floor in several areas.
- Bollards look unsightly with their paints all chipped off.
- 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.
- Tables were overturned, the wood chipped off in jagged points with their legs snapped off and gnawed on.
- 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.
- Once cooled, the outer clay is chipped away and the carbonized core reamed out, with the casting filed and chased.
- It took three or four weekends to chip enough stone for one weekend's block laying.
- 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.
- 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.
- Beckham adroitly chips a dangerous ball into the box - who does he think he is, Zidane?
Middle English: related to Old English forcippian 'cut off'.
The word chip was probably formed from an Old English word, forchippian, ‘to cut off’. A person who is thought to resemble one of their parents in character or behaviour can be described as a chip off the old block. The phrase was originally found in the forms chip of the same block and chip of the old block, so that the person appeared made from the same material. To have a chip on your shoulder is to be aggressively sensitive about something, usually some long-standing grievance or cause of resentment. The expression is first recorded in American English. An explanation can be found in an early example from the Long Island Telegraph of 20 May 1830: ‘When two churlish boys were determined to fight, a chip [of wood] would be placed on the shoulder of one, and the other demanded to knock it off at his peril.’Another meaning of chip is ‘a counter used in gambling games, representing money’, and such gambling chips, especially as used in the game of poker, feature in a number of common phrases. If someone has had their chips, they are beaten or out of contention. The idea is of having run out of gambling counters or chips with which to place a stake. Similarly, when the chips are down you find yourself in a very serious and difficult situation. To cash in your chips is to die—you are no longer ‘in the game’.
Deep-fried slices of potato have been known as chips since the time of Dickens. You might think of the phrase cheap as chips as being a recent invention, but it, too, goes back to at least the 1850s, when it was used in an advert in The Times.
a chip off the old block
- informal Someone who resembles his or her parent, especially in character.Example sentences
- And he's a brick, a chip off the old block, a good ‘un.
- Daniel '71, Ph.D. '78 (early Islamic history), is what old-timers would call a chip off the old block.
- 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’.
- informal A deeply ingrained grievance or feeling of resentment, often deriving from a sense of inferiority and marked by aggressive behavior.[from an old custom of placing a chip of wood on one's shoulder as a challenge to a rival: if the rival knocked the chip off they were agreeing to fight]Example sentences
- Savage, like many people who are motivated by hatred, has a chip on his shoulder as a failed academic rejected by liberal Berkeley.
- 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.
- I suppose you could grow up with a chip on your shoulder.
when the chips are down
- informal When a very serious and difficult situation arises.Example sentences
- But when the chips are down (despite some pretty unlikely situations), their determination shines through.
- 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.
- 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.
- Gradually and relentlessly make something smaller or weaker: rivals may chip away at one’s profits by undercutting product pricesMore example sentences
- Raquel still stood stiffly, but the passion in his voice was gradually chipping away at her suspicions.
- But over the match, Tranfield gradually chipped away at Nimmo's confidence and forced her to play long rallies.
- Those are the people they're chipping away at now.
chip in (or chip something in)
- Contribute something as one’s share of a joint activity, cost, etc. the rookie pitcher chipped in with nine saves and five wins the council will chip in a further $30,000 a yearMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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.
- 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%.
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