When the Chips are Down

Idioms reveal the popularity of a perennially popular activity throughout the world and especially in the U.S. It’s not baseball or billiards. It’s gambling. It is surprising how many common idioms come from gambling. When the chips are down is just one of many American idioms. They didn’t spring up only after Las Vegas became a gambling … 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