chip on one's shoulder
phrasal a challenging or belligerent attitude

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • chip on one's shoulder — noun a) A form of challenge, in the same spirit as a medieval knight throwing down his gauntlet. ‘Oh! if I only could get him to knock a chip off my shoulder, and so get round the law, I would give him one of the soundest thrashings he ever had.’ …   Wiktionary

  • chip on one's shoulder — {n. phr.}, {informal} A quarrelsome nature; readiness to be angered. * /He went through life with a chip on his shoulder./ * /Jim often gets into fights because he goes around with a chip on his shoulder./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • chip on one's shoulder — {n. phr.}, {informal} A quarrelsome nature; readiness to be angered. * /He went through life with a chip on his shoulder./ * /Jim often gets into fights because he goes around with a chip on his shoulder./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • chip\ on\ one's\ shoulder — n. phr. informal A quarrelsome nature; readiness to be angered. He went through life with a chip on his shoulder. Jim often gets into fights because he goes around with a chip on his shoulder …   Словарь американских идиом

  • chip on one's shoulder — aggressive and combative attitude, belligerence …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Chip on shoulder — One carries a chip on one s shoulder as a form of physical challenge, inviting opponents to knock the chip off and so provoke a fight. The concept is now metaphorical, describing people who nurse a grudge or grievance that readily provokes fury… …   Wikipedia

  • chip on his shoulder — Meaning To harbour a grudge. Origin From the nineteenth century US practise of spoiling for a fight by carrying a chip of wood on one s shoulder, daring others to knock it off …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • shoulder — [[t]ʃo͟ʊldə(r)[/t]] ♦♦ shoulders, shouldering, shouldered 1) N COUNT: oft poss N Your shoulders are between your neck and the tops of your arms. She led him to an armchair, with her arm round his shoulder... He glanced over his shoulder and saw… …   English dictionary

  • chip — chip1 chippable, adj. /chip/, n., v., chipped, chipping. n. 1. a small, slender piece, as of wood, separated by chopping, cutting, or breaking. 2. a very thin slice or small piece of food, candy, etc.: chocolate chips. 3. a mark or flaw made by… …   Universalium

  • chip — n. thin slice (AE) 1) a potato chip (BE has crisp) semiconductor body 2) an integrated circuit; silicon chip misc. 3) a bargaining chip ( smt. that can be used to win concessions ); a chip off the old block ( a child who resembles its parent );… …   Combinatory dictionary

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