- 1 a thin piece of potato or tortilla that is fried until hard then dried and eaten cold. Chips are sold in bags and have many different flavors. salt and vinegar flavor potato chips
- 2 = microchip chip technology see also V-chip
- 3the place from which a small piece of wood, glass, etc. has broken from an object This mug has a chip in it.
- 4a small piece of wood, glass, etc. that has broken off an object chips of wood chocolate chip cookies (= cookies containing small pieces of chocolate)
- 5a small flat piece of plastic used to represent a particular amount of money in some types of gambling (figurative) The release of prisoners was used as a bargaining chip.
- 6 (also chip shot) (especially in golf and soccer) an act of hitting or kicking a ball high in the air so that it lands within a short distance She left herself with a short chip to the green. see also blue-chip Idioms
- 1to give someone your chips (= small flat pieces of plastic used in gambling) for money
- 2(informal) to die He cashed in his chips last summer at age 65.
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a person who is very similar to their mother or father in the way that they look or behave
a chip off the old block (informal)jump to other results
to be sensitive about something that happened in the past and become easily offended if it is mentioned because you think that you were treated unfairly He has a real chip on his shoulder about being adopted.
have a chip on your shoulder (about something) (informal)jump to other results
to accept the results of your plans or actions without worrying or complaining You may think I'm making a big mistake, but I'm going ahead with my plan, so let the chips fall where they may.
let the chips fall (where they may)jump to other results
used to refer to a difficult situation in which you are forced to decide what is important to you I'm not sure what I'll do when the chips are down. When the chips are down he always finds the courage to carry on.
when the chips are down (informal)jump to other results