Idioms

Origin of chip

1
1300–50; (noun) Middle English chip (compare Old English cipp plowshare, beam, i.e., piece cut off); (v.) late Middle English chippen (compare Old English -cippian in forcippian to cut off); akin to Middle Low German, Middle Dutch kippen to chip eggs, hatch

Related forms

chip·pa·ble, adjectiveun·chip·pa·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for chip off the old block

chip

/ (tʃɪp) /

noun

verb chips, chipping or chipped

Derived Forms

chipper, noun

Word Origin for chip

Old English cipp (n), cippian (vb), of obscure origin
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Science definitions for chip off the old block

chip

[ chĭp ]

See integrated circuit.
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Culture definitions for chip off the old block

chip off the old block


An expression used of people who closely resemble their parents in some way: “Mark just won the same sailboat race his father won twenty years ago; he's a chip off the old block.”

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Idioms and Phrases with chip off the old block (1 of 2)

chip off the old block


A person who closely resembles a parent, as in Like her mother, Karen has very little patience—a chip off the old block. This term, with its analogy to a chip of stone or wood that closely resembles the larger block it was cut from, dates from ancient times (Theocritus, Idyls, c. 270 b.c.). In English it was already a proverb by the 17th century, then often put as chip of the old block.

Idioms and Phrases with chip off the old block (2 of 2)

chip


In addition to the idioms beginning with chip

  • chip and dip
  • chip in
  • chip off the old block
  • chip on one's shoulder

also see:

  • cash in (one's chips)
  • in the money (chips)
  • let the chips fall where they may
  • when the chips are down
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