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.
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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.
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chip off the old block

A child whose appearance or character closely resembles that of one or the other parent.
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IT IS A case of a chip off the old block at Doncaster today as the mantle of 'Pattern-race Paul' (Kelleway) is taken over by the late trainer's son Anthony.
JOSE MOURINHO pointed the finger at Villa striker Christian Benteke after a bad-tempered encounter - but claimed boss Paul Lambert was a chip off the old block.
WITH his staring eyes and tight-lips - not to mention matching quiff - little Cruz Beckham looks a chip off the old block in the arms of his stern-faced dad David.
Since moving in with the Murdochs, ex-Marine Ewan has struggled to prove he's a chip off the old block, despite being determined to work alongside his dad - no matter how dodgy the deals.
The young actress is a proper chip off the old block, as boyfriend Alfie Allen - singer Lily's brother - found out.
And as for introducing a chip off the old block (as fine a chip as Stanton is) - well, isn't that too cute?
An his fafsi And when the Somerset opener raised his bat again at the Basin Reserve, his father celebrated with a bag of chips from the catering stall under the scoreboard - a chip off the old block in every sense.
DAVID Beckham's youngest son proved a chip off the old block at an LA Galaxy open day.
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DAVID PIPE proved once again that he is a chip off the old block as he landed the Sunderlands Imperial Cup with 11-4 favourite Gaspara at Sandown yesterday.
This was Raw Gold, by Rahy out of Golden Thatch and a chip off the old block when it comes to speed and more-than-modest stamina.
HE'S only two but already there's no doubt that little Charlie Redknapp is a chip off the old block.
dallas C5 9pm Proving himself to be a chip off the old block, John Ross plots with his arch manipulator father, JR (above left with John) to regain control of Ewing Energies.
KASPER SCHMEICHEL looked a chip off the old block as he kept out Wrexham to earn Bury an important point in their fight against relegation.
STUART BEAVON proved to be a chip off the old block as his two goals helped Didcot Town lift the FA Vase and claim a pounds 15,000 prize in a thrilling final at White Hart Lane.