a chip on (one's) shoulder

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a chip on (one's) shoulder

An attitude that leads one to become combative or easily angered. Fred has such a chip on his shoulder—you never know what's going to set him off next. She won't admit it, but Kate has a chip on her shoulder when it comes to discussing her career.
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*chip on one's shoulder

Fig. a bad attitude that tends to get someone easily upset. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give one ~.) Why did you get so angry at the slightest criticism? You seem to have a chip on your shoulder.
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chip on one's shoulder

A belligerent attitude or grievance, as in Mary is easily offended; she always has a chip on her shoulder. This term actually was defined in a newspaper article ( Long Island Telegraph, May 20, 1830): "When two churlish boys were determined to fight, a chip would be placed on the shoulder of one and the other demanded to knock it off at his peril." [Early 1800s]
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a chip on your shoulder

a strong and usually long-standing inclination to feel resentful or aggrieved, often about a particular thing; a sense of inferiority characterized by a quickness to take offence. informal
In 1830 the Long Island Telegraph described the practice which gave rise to this expression: ‘When two churlish boys were determined to fight, a chip would be placed on the shoulder of one, and the other demanded to knock it off at his peril’.
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chip on (one's) shoulder

A habitually hostile or combative attitude.
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"This time around having the biggest chip on his shoulder ever.
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He used up one of his nine lives - not to mention one of his four legs - when he fell off a roof five storeys up, but hasn't got a chip on his shoulder about it etc etc.
A CHIP on his shoulder about the class system, another chip on his other shoulder over "Southern softies"...
SIR ALEX FERGUSON last night accused Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez of having a chip on his shoulder.
SIR Alex Ferguson went to war with Liverpool last night, claiming Rafa Benitez has "a chip on his shoulder".
Osgood said: "Alan has this massive chip on his shoulder. He's a great friend of mine, but he will keep running people down.