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chip off

1. To break off of something in small pieces. Ugh, I painted my nails yesterday, and the polish is already starting to chip off.
2. To break a piece of something off. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "chip" and "off." We need to chip off all this old paint before we can do anything with these walls.
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chip off

v.
1. To break away from a surface in small, flat pieces: The cold weather has caused the paint on the bench to chip off.
2. To break off a small, flat piece of something from some whole: She chipped off a small piece of ice from the block. He chipped the hard coating off the pipe with a screwdriver.
See also: chip, off