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- 3short for microchip.
verb (chips, chipping, chipped)[with object]
- 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]
Middle English: related to Old English forcippian 'cut off'