[ chip ]
/ tʃɪp /
a small, slender piece, as of wood, separated by chopping, cutting, or breaking.
a very thin slice or small piece of food, candy, etc.: chocolate chips.
a mark or flaw made by the breaking off or gouging out of a small piece: This glass has a chip.
any of the small round disks, usually of plastic or ivory, used as tokens for money in certain gambling games, as roulette or poker; counter.
Also called microchip. Electronics. a tiny slice of semiconducting material, generally in the shape of a square a few millimeters long, cut from a larger wafer of the material, on which a transistor or an entire integrated circuit is formed.Compare microprocessor.
a small cut or uncut piece of a diamond or crystal.
anything trivial or worthless.
something dried up or without flavor.
a piece of dried dung: buffalo chips.
wood, straw, etc., in thin strips for weaving into hats, baskets, etc.
Golf. chip shot.
Tennis. a softly sliced return shot with heavy backspin.
the strip of material removed by a recording stylus as it cuts the grooves in a record.
chips, Chiefly British. French fries.
verb (used with object), chipped, chip·ping.
to hew or cut with an ax, chisel, etc.
to cut, break off, or gouge out (bits or fragments): He chipped a few pieces of ice from the large cube.
to disfigure by breaking off a fragment: to chip the edge of a saucer.
to shape or produce by cutting or flaking away pieces: to chip a figure out of wood.
Games. to bet by means of chips, as in poker.
Tennis. to slice (a ball) on a return shot, causing it to have heavy backspin.
Slang. to take (a narcotic drug) occasionally, especially only in sufficient quantity to achieve a mild euphoria.
Chiefly British Sports. to hit or kick (a ball) a short distance forward.
British Slang. to jeer or criticize severely; deride; taunt.
Australian. to hoe; harrow.
verb (used without object), chipped, chip·ping.
to break off in small pieces.
Golf. to make a chip shot.
- to contribute money or assistance; participate.
- Games. to bet a chip or chips, as in poker.
- to interrupt a conversation to say something; butt in: We all chipped in with our suggestions for the reunion.
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Idioms for chip
chip off the old block, a person who resembles one parent in appearance or behavior: His son is just a chip off the old block.
chip on one's shoulder, a disposition to quarrel: You will never make friends if you go around with a chip on your shoulder.
in the chips, Slang. wealthy; rich: Don't look down on your old friends now that you're in the chips.
when the chips are down, in a discouraging or disadvantageous situation; in bad or pressing times: When the chips are down he proves to be a loyal friend.
Origin of chip1
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
OTHER WORDS FROM chipchip·pa·ble, adjectiveun·chip·pa·ble, adjective
Words nearby chip
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British Dictionary definitions for in the chips
/ (tʃɪp) /
a small piece removed by chopping, cutting, or breaking
a mark left after a small piece has been chopped, cut, or broken off something
(in some games) a counter used to represent money
a thin strip of potato fried in deep fat
US and Canadian a very thin slice of potato fried and eaten cold as a snackAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): crisp
a small piece or thin slice of food
sport a shot, kick, etc, lofted into the air, esp over an obstacle or an opposing player's head, and travelling only a short distance
electronics a tiny wafer of semiconductor material, such as silicon, processed to form a type of integrated circuit or component such as a transistor
a thin strip of wood or straw used for making woven hats, baskets, etc
NZ a container for soft fruit, made of thin sheets of wood; punnet
cheap as chips British informal inexpensive; good value
chip off the old block informal a person who resembles one of his or her parents in behaviour
have a chip on one's shoulder informal to be aggressively sensitive about a particular thing or bear a grudge
have had one's chips British informal to be defeated, condemned to die, killed, etc
when the chips are down informal at a time of crisis or testing
verb chips, chipping or chipped
to break small pieces from or become broken off in small pieceswill the paint chip?
(tr) to break or cut into small piecesto chip ice
(tr) to shape by chipping
sport to strike or kick (a ball) in a high arc
Derived forms of chipchipper, noun
Word Origin for chip
Old English cipp (n), cippian (vb), of obscure origin
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Scientific definitions for in the chips
[ chĭp ]
See integrated circuit.
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Idioms and Phrases with in the chips (1 of 2)
in the chips
see in the money.
Idioms and Phrases with in the chips (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with chip
- chip and dip
- chip in
- chip off the old block
- chip on one's shoulder
- 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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