a chip off the old block


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a chip off the old block

Someone whose character or personality resembles that of their parent. Mike's automotive repair skills really rival those of his father. He's a real chip off the old block!
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chip off the old block

Fig. a person (usually a male) who behaves in the same way as his father or resembles his father. John looks like his father—a real chip off the old block. Bill Jones, Jr., is a chip off the old block. He's a banker just like his father.
See also: block, chip, off, old

chip off the old block

A person who closely resembles a parent, as in Like her mother, Karen has very little patience-a chip off the old block. This term, with its analogy to a chip of stone or wood that closely resembles the larger block it was cut from, dates from ancient times (Theocritus, Idyls, c. 270 b.c.). In English it was already a proverb by the 17th century, then often put as chip of the old block.
See also: block, chip, off, old

a chip off the old block

someone who resembles their parent, especially in character. informal
A chip in this expression means something which forms a portion of, or is derived from, a larger or more important thing, and which retains the characteristic qualities of that superior thing. In 1781 Edmund Burke commented on Pitt the Younger's maiden speech in Parliament by saying he was: ‘Not merely a chip of the old “block”, but the old block itself’.
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a ˌchip off the old ˈblock

(informal) a person who is very like one of his/her parents in appearance or character: Young Tom’s a chip off the old block, isn’t he? He looks exactly like his Dad!
See also: block, chip, off, old

chip off the old block

A child whose appearance or character closely resembles that of one or the other parent.
See also: block, chip, off, old
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