Chicken Out

Meaning Of Idiom ‘Chicken Out’ To chicken out means to refuse to do something because of fear or cowardice. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008. ,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.  Usage To chicken out usually has the connotation of refusing to do something, … Read more

Chip On Your Shoulder

Meaning of Idiom ‘Chip on Your Shoulder’ To have a chip on your shoulder is to blame someone else (or other people in general) for something that has happened to you or things that have gone wrong and to be continuously angry about it, resulting in negative behavior.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe … Read more

Chip Off The Old Block

An expression in use since the 1600’s. Meaning To be a chip off the old block means to be similar to one of your parents, whether in traits, mannerisms, etc. This is similar to idiom “the splitting image [of]” except that to be a chip off the old block does not have to mean physical … Read more

Chip In, to

Meaning To chip in means to contribute some money to a cause, a business, or any other effort requiring money. It can also mean to contribute to an effort in any way, such as with physical help. This usually has the connotation of being a small amount of help or money, where each of a … Read more

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer

Meaning of Idiom ‘Chief Cook and Bottle Washer’ A person who is the chief cook and bottle washer is in charge but also performs many duties, some of them trivial; someone in charge of almost every job, often the owner or the sole employee of a small business, or someone with numerous responsibilities in a large business. … Read more