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chips are down

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chips are down

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The time of final decision and hard confrontation has come; resolution is at hand •Usu with when: When the chips are down he goes to pieces/ For a change, when the chips were on the table, came up with some good stuff

[1940s+; fr the final bets of a poker hand]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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