- 1A small piece of something removed in the course of chopping, cutting, or breaking a hard material such as wood or stone: granite chipsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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 treatingMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2 [mass noun] British Wood or woody fibre split into thin strips and used for weaving hats or baskets.More example sentences
- 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 chipsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.1 (also potato chip) North American A potato crisp.More example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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 chipMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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 victoryMore example sentences
- 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
- 1Cut or break (a small piece) from a hard material: we had to chip ice off the upper deckMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 [no object] (Of a material or object) break at the edge or on the surface: the paint had chipped off the gateMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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 doorMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2 (usually as adjective chipped) British Cut (a potato) into chips.More example sentences
- 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 keeperMore example sentences
- 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?
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 twinkleMore 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 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]More 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.
have had one's chips
- British • informal Be dead or defeated: Granny has had her chips—she’s deadMore example sentences
- 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 outMore 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.
chip away at
- Gradually and relentlessly make something smaller or weaker: rivals may chip away at one’s profits by undercutting 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)
- 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 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%.
- 2 • informal Make an interjection: [with direct speech]: ‘He’s right,’ Gloria chipped inMore example sentences
- 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?’
Middle English: related to Old English forcippian 'cut off'.