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call in one's chits

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call in one's chits

verb phrase

To collect what is owed to one, esp tit-for-tat political or other favors: I have no chits to call in from politicians/ You're calling in your chits, Ivar/ For the Titian show, Michel Laclotte, soon to retire as director of the Louvre, has called in all his markers at once

[1980s+; fr chit, ''notation of something owed, IOU,'' attested fr the 1770s; the source is Hindi chitti;a marker is also a notation of debt, esp in gambling]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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