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 on one's shoulder

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 on one's shoulder

chip

[ chĭp ]

See integrated circuit.
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Culture definitions for chip on one's shoulder

chip on one's shoulder


A belligerent attitude or grievance: “Joe really has a chip on his shoulder; every time I say something to him, he takes it the wrong way.” In the past, a young boy would place a wood chip on his shoulder and dare anyone to knock it off as a way of showing how tough he was.

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Idioms and Phrases with chip on one's shoulder (1 of 2)

chip on one's shoulder


A belligerent attitude or grievance, as in Mary is easily offended; she always has a chip on her shoulder. This term actually was defined in a newspaper article (Long Island Telegraph, May 20, 1830): “When two churlish boys were determined to fight, a chip would be placed on the shoulder of one and the other demanded to knock it off at his peril.” [Early 1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with chip on one's shoulder (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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