chip


chip
chip [chip]
vt.
chipped, chipping [ME chippen < OE * cippian < cipp, log, plowshare < L cippus, post, stake < IE base * k̑eipo-, sharp post]
1. Rare to cut or chop with an ax or other sharp tool
2.
a) to break or cut a small piece or thin slice from
b) to break or cut off (a small piece or pieces)
3. to shape by cutting or chopping [to chip a hole in the ice]
4. Tennis to hit (a ball) in a short, soft shot with backspin
vi.
1.
a) to break off in small pieces [this paint chips easily]
b) to lose or be inherently subject to losing a small part or parts of itself [the plate will chip easily]
2. Golf to make a chip shot
3. Tennis to hit a short, soft shot with backspin
n.
[ME chippe < the v.]
1. a small, thin piece of wood, stone, etc., cut or broken off
2. a place where a small piece has been chipped off [a chip on the edge of a plate]
3. wood, palm leaf, or straw split and woven into bonnets, hats, etc.
4. a fragment of dried animal dung, sometimes used for fuel
5. a worthless thing
6. one of the small, round disks or counters used in poker and other gambling games as a token for money
7.
a) a thin slice or small piece of food [a potato chip, a chocolate chip]
b) [pl.] Chiefly Brit. French fried potatoes
8. Electronics
a) a semiconductor body in which an integrated circuit is formed or is to be formed
b) INTEGRATED CIRCUIT
9. Golf CHIP SHOT
10. Tennis a shot that is chipped
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☆ cash in one's chips
1. to turn in one's chips for their equivalent in money
2. Slang to die
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☆ chip in Informal
1. to share in giving money or help
2. to add one's comments
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chip off the old block
a person much like his or her parent in appearance or characteristics
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☆ chip on one's shoulder
Informal an inclination to fight or quarrel
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☆ in the chips
Slang rich; wealthy
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let the chips fall where they may
let the consequences be what they may
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☆ when the chips are down
when something is really at stake

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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