What Ponce de Leon failed to find in one fell swoop, medical researchers have been chipping away at in recent years.
It is chipping away at the uninsured population in the United States.
chipping away on the comedy circuit could be the start to something big.
David Cameron owns a modest farmhouse fronting the quiet road through the tiny hamlet of Dean, five miles from chipping Norton.
When did chipping Norton become the seat of national influence and power, and when did such people occupy it?
That is, he found that by chipping, he could locate small bubbles up to an inch in diameter, each one with its droplet of water.
chipping it with an adze, and boring it with an augur, to ascertain its quality.
The chipping sparrow and the wren in the shrubbery look out for all kinds of insects.
I have no tame pets, but there are some chipping sparrows around our house.
Its song starts like the creak of the black-and-white warbler and ends like a chipping sparrow.
early 15c., "to chip" (intransitive, of stone); from Old English forcippian "to pare away by cutting, cut off," verbal form of cipp "small piece of wood" (see chip (n.)). Transitive meaning "to cut up, cut or trim" is from late 15c. Sense of "break off fragments" is 18c. To chip in "contribute" (1861) is American English, perhaps from card-playing. Related: Chipped; chipping. Chipped beef attested from 1826.
Old English cipp "piece of wood," perhaps from PIE root *keipo- "sharp post" (cf. Dutch kip "small strip of wood," Old High German kipfa "wagon pole," Old Norse keppr "stick," Latin cippus "post, stake, beam;" the Germanic words perhaps borrowed from Latin).
Meaning "counter used in a game of chance" is first recorded 1840; electronics sense is from 1962. Used for thin slices of foodstuffs (originally fruit) since 1769; specific reference to potatoes is found by 1859 (in "A Tale of Two Cities"); potato chip is attested by 1879. Meaning "piece of dried dung" first attested 1846, American English.
Chip of the old block is used by Milton (1642); earlier form was chip of the same block (1620s); more common modern phrase with off in place of of is early 20c. To have a chip on one's shoulder is 1830, American English, from the custom of a boy determined to fight putting a wood chip on his shoulder and defying another to knock it off.
"break caused by chipping," 1889, from chip (v.).
See integrated circuit.
A flat piece of dung (1848+)