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; Scottishskelf
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.
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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; BritishFrench fried potatoes; North AmericanFrench 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.
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counter, token, disc, jetton; North Americancheck
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?

Origin

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

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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