- of, relating to, or constituting a blue chip.
- having outstanding or exemplary qualities within a specified category; leading: a group of blue-chip scientists; blue-chip stock.
Origin of blue-chip
- Chiefly Poker. a blue-colored chip of high value.
- a common stock issued by a major company that has financial strength, stability against fluctuations, and a good record of dividend payments: regarded as a low-risk investment.
- a secure and valuable item or property held in reserve: The airfield was a blue chip in the struggle for military supremacy.
Origin of blue chip
Examples from the Web for blue-chip
“Ordinarily a plea bargain has a five year cap,” said Rick Simmons, a blue-chip defense attorney with no involvement in the case.From Katrina to the Clink: Ex New Orleans Mayor Heads to Prison
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So $1,000 invested in any of these hot, blue-chip, name-brand IPOs would have been worth nothing a few years later.How Twitter Got Huge
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They work for blue-chip corporations, such as Goldman Sachs and Microsoft.The 1 Percent of the 1 Percent
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The organization Fix the Debt has enlisted dozens of CEOs of blue-chip companies to push for a deal.Starbucks’ Effort to Solve the Fiscal Cliff Probably Won’t Work
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Here are some of the blue-chip companies now run by women: Pepsi, Kraft, Yahoo!The New Rules of the Game for CEOs
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The company was a blue-chip mining operation working the beryllium-rich asteroid belt out of San Francisco.The Love of Frank Nineteen
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- a gambling chip with the highest value
- a stock considered reliable with respect to both dividend income and capital value
- (as modifier)a blue-chip company
- (modifier) denoting something considered to be a valuable asset
Word Origin and History for blue-chip
also blue-chip, in reference to the high-value poker counter, from 1904 in the figurative sense of "valuable;" stock exchange sense, in reference to "shares considered a reliable investment," is first recorded 1929; especially of stocks that saw spectacular rises in value in the four years or so before the Wall Street crash of that year.