- 1A narrow opening, typically one that admits light: a chink in the curtainsMore example sentences
- He examines the snail trail of viscous fluid by the light from a chink in the curtains.
- 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.
- 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?
- 1.1A beam or patch of light admitted by a narrow opening: I noticed a chink of light under the doorMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 itMore example sentences
- ‘England don't have too many weak points,’ he replies when asked where a chink in their armour might be found.
- Before that tournament you were bulletproof, but suddenly there was a chink in your armour.
- My booking agent and dear friend said to me recently, ‘You realize that everybody is looking for a chink in your armor.’
mid 16th century: related to chine2.
- 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 kissedMore example sentences
- This week, when you're chinking your champagne glasses and raising a toast to the neighbours who've become good friends, just remember.
- Inside, the rich and famous would be chinking glasses of Champagne, and looking forward to yet another staggering gourmet experience on the move.
- 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.
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- A high-pitched ringing sound: the chink of glassesMore example sentences
- 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 were small scrabbling sounds, the chink of Michael's sword striking the stone, a grunt of effort.
- 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.
late 16th century: imitative.