Definition of chink noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//tʃɪŋk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃɪŋk//
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  1. 1a narrow opening in something, especially one that lets light through a chink in the curtains
  2. 2chink of light a small area of light shining through a narrow opening I noticed a chink of light under the door.
  3. 3[usually singular] the light ringing sound that is made when glass objects or coins touch the chink of glasses
  4. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 2 mid 16th cent.: related to chine ‘a deep narrow ravine’. noun sense 3 late 16th cent.: imitative.Idioms
    a chink in somebody’s armour
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    a weak point in somebody’s argument, character, etc., that can be used in an attack
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: chink