chip away

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chip 1

1. A small broken or cut off piece, as of wood, stone, or glass.
2. A crack or flaw caused by the removal of a small piece.
a. A small disk or counter used in poker and other games to represent money.
b. chips Slang Money.
4. See microchip.
a. A thin, usually fried slice of food, especially a potato chip: ate chips with her sandwich.
b. A very small piece of food or candy: made cookies with chocolate chips.
c. chips Chiefly British French fries.
6. Wood, palm leaves, straw, or similar material cut and dried for weaving.
7. A fragment of dried animal dung used as fuel.
8. Something worthless.
9. Sports A chip shot.
v. chipped, chip·ping, chips
v. tr.
1. To chop or cut with an axe or other implement.
a. To break a small piece from: chip a tooth.
b. To break or cut off (a small piece): chip ice from the window.
3. To shape or carve by cutting or chopping: chipped her name in the stone.
4. To implant a microchip in (an organism).
v. intr.
1. To become broken off into small pieces.
2. Sports To make a chip shot in golf.
Phrasal Verbs:
chip away
To reduce or make progress on something incrementally: We chipped away until the problem was solved.
chip in
1. To contribute money or labor: We all chipped in for beer.
2. To interrupt with comments; interject.
3. To put up chips or money as one's bet in poker and other games.
chip off the old block
A child whose appearance or character closely resembles that of one or the other parent.
chip on (one's) shoulder
A habitually hostile or combative attitude, especially in response to perceived slights.
when the chips are down
At a critical or difficult time.

[Middle English, from Old English cyp, beam, from Latin cippus.]

chip 2

intr.v. chipped, chip·ping, chips
To cheep, as a bird.


chip n.

chip 3

n. Sports
A trick method of throwing one's opponent in wrestling.

[Origin unknown.]
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Verb1.chip away - remove or withdraw gradually: "These new customs are chipping away at the quality of life"
remove, take away, withdraw, take - remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract; "remove a threat"; "remove a wrapper"; "Remove the dirty dishes from the table"; "take the gun from your pocket"; "This machine withdraws heat from the environment"
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vt sepweghauen; the woodpecker chipped away the barkder Specht hackte die Rinde ab
vi the sculptor chipped away until …der Bildhauer meißelte am Stein herum, bis …
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The reproofs suited her best of all: while I scolded she would chip away with her pen-knife at a pencil or a pen; fidgetting a little, pouting a little, defending herself by monosyllables, and when I deprived her of the pen or pencil, fearing it would be all cut away, and when I interdicted even the monosyllabic defence, for the purpose of working up the subdued excitement a little higher, she would at last raise her eyes and give me a certain glance, sweetened with gaiety, and pointed with defiance, which, to speak truth, thrilled me as nothing had ever done, and made me, in a fashion (though happily she did not know it), her subject, if not her slave.
No other city in Europe seems to chip away at its heritage so much as Manchester, and what are the planners/council doing to protect it?
Now, however, we are witnessing a concerted effort to chip away at the roots and laws of the banking system, targeting in its way the Central Bank of Lebanon, whose Gov.
I have to see if I can chip away at my PB, get under 4.10 and then see if I can take it on further from there."
After the halftime break, the Indians came out with determination and scored 15 points (including a pair of treys from Heape) to chip away at the Warriors lead and put them in a promising position to force an upset.
NNA - Minister of Health, Wael Abu Faour, said on Sunday that any "adventure" to chip away at the Taif Agreement may cause constitutional and security dangers that can possibly plunge the country into the void.
'Chip Away' by Tony Benn and Nine Invisibles was recorded and produced by the band featuring Huddersfield musician Pat Fulgoni.
China declared the controversial air defence zone at the weekend in a move designed to chip away at Japanese ownership of disputed islands and to challenge US dominance.
Tim Henderson knocked down two three-pointers to cut the lead in half, and then Rick Pitino's squad began to slowly chip away late in the second half to hold off the streaking Shockers.
"I'm just looking for us to chip away at the nine-point gap between us and the play-offs, that's important to us - and is something we can do."
I blow out the tire, chip away at oxidized beams, recycle the aluminum