chip

noun
1》 a small, thin piece removed in the course of chopping, cutting, or breaking a hard material.
    ↘a blemish left by the removal of a chip.
    ↘Brit. wood or woody fibre split into thin strips and used for weaving hats or baskets.
2》 Brit. a long rectangular piece of deep-fried potato.
    ↘(also potato chip) N. Amer. a potato crisp.
3》 short for microchip.
4》 a counter used in certain gambling games to represent money.
5》 (in soccer or golf) a short lofted kick or shot.
verb (chips, chipping, chipped)
1》 cut or break (a chip) from a hard material.
    ↘(of a hard material or object) break at the edge or on the surface.
2》 (chip away at) gradually and relentlessly make (something) smaller or weaker: rivals may chip away at one's profits.
3》 (chip in) contribute one's share of a joint activity.
    ↘informal make an interjection.
4》 [usu. as adjective chipped] Brit. cut (a potato) into chips.
5》 (in soccer or golf) strike (the ball) to produce a short lofted shot or pass.
Phrases
a chip off the old block informal someone who resembles their parent in character.
a chip on one's shoulder informal a deeply ingrained grievance.
have had one's chips Brit. informal be dead or out of contention.
when the chips are down informal when a very serious situation arises.
Origin
ME: related to OE forcippian 'cut off'.

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