Definition of chip in English:

chip

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Pronunciation: /tʃɪp
 
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noun

  • 1A small piece of something removed in the course of chopping, cutting, or breaking a hard material such as wood or stone: granite chips
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    fragment, piece, bit; sliver, splinter, spell, spillikin, shaving, paring; scrap, snippet, flake; shard; Scottish skelf
    technical gallet, spall
  • 1.1A hole or mark on a hard object or surface where a small piece has broken off: keep an eye out for any scratches or chips on the bodywork that might need treating
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    nick, crack, snick, scratch; flaw, fault
  • 1.2 [mass noun] British Wood or woody fibre split into thin strips and used for weaving hats or baskets.
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    • I also found a nice handmade chip basket in different colored wood.
  • 2British A long rectangular piece of deep-fried potato: he always enjoyed fish and chips
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    • Usually I don't eat potato but fish without chips by the sea would be silly and my son eats most of them.
    • Stir again then serve with potatoes, chips, rice or pasta.
    • Low-fat oven chips are both less hassle to cook and significantly lower in calories than conventional, deep-fried chips.
    Synonyms
    (chips) chipped potatoes, potato chips, game chips; British French fried potatoes; North American French fries
  • 2.1 (also potato chip) North American A potato crisp.
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    • Trans fats are in chips, French fries, and baked goods that contain margarine or shortening.
    • Many foods, including chips, doughnuts, and fritters, are cooked this way.
    • Beer cans were everywhere, along with crumbs of chips, leftover pizzas, and popcorn.
  • 3 short for microchip.
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    • 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.
  • 4A counter used in certain gambling games to represent money: a poker chip
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    counter, token, disc, jetton; North American check
  • 5(In football, golf, and other sports) a short lofted kick or shot: he made no mistake with a chip and a par putt from four feet to seal victory
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    • 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)

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  • 1Cut or break (a small piece) from a hard material: we had to chip ice off the upper deck
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    nick, crack, snick, scratch; damage
  • 1.1 [no object] (Of a material or object) break at the edge or on the surface: the paint had chipped off the gate
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    break (off), crack, fragment, crumble
  • 1.2Cut 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
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    • 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.
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  • 2 (usually as adjective chipped) British Cut (a potato) into chips.
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    • Soft flavoursome potato dominated the centre of these chipped potatoes, which were marginally fatter than standard French Fries.
    • When this happens, put first chipped potato in carefully so it doesn't splash.
    • When served with Irish chipped potatoes and a perky burst of baby organic spinach, there are few finer Irish meals.
  • 3(In football, golf, and other sports) kick or strike (a ball or shot) to produce a short lofted shot or pass: he chipped a superb shot over the keeper
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    • 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?

Phrases

a chip off the old block

informal Someone who resembles their parent in character or appearance: she smiled at Jimmy, a chip off the old block with his grey eyes and a bit of his dad’s twinkle
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  • 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’.

a chip on one's shoulder

informal An ingrained feeling of resentment deriving from a sense of inferiority and sometimes marked by aggressive behaviour: I had a dirty great chip on my shoulder—I thought everybody was against me
[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]
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  • 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.

have had one's chips

British informal Be dead or defeated: Granny has had her chips—she’s dead
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  • Scotland's junk food-loving schoolchildren have had their chips.
  • We were up against it - we expected an invasion at any time and a lot of people were convinced we had had our chips.
  • After the second set, it looked as though Agassi had had his chips.

when the chips are down

informal When a very serious situation arises: when the chips are down they chicken out
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  • 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.

Phrasal verbs

chip away at

Gradually and relentlessly make something smaller or weaker: rivals may chip away at one’s profits by undercutting prices
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  • 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)

  • 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
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    • 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%.
    Synonyms
    contribute, donate, give, make a contribution/donation, hand over, pay; club together
    informal fork out, shell out, lay out, come across with, cough up
    British informal stump up, have a whip-round
    North American informal kick in, pony up
  • 2 informal Make an interjection: [with direct speech]: ‘He’s right,’ Gloria chipped in
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    • 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.’
    • 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.
    • His pal, a farmer's son, chips in, ‘Not as serious now, though, is it?’
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Origin

Middle English: related to Old English forcippian 'cut off'.

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