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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.
See also: chip, off
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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As previously reported, Morgan Stanley analyst Betsy Graseck downgraded SunTrust (STI) to Equal Weight from Overweight as she believes it to be prudent to "take some chips off the table" following the year-to-date outperformance driven by news of its merger of equals with BB&T (BBT).
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Dear Danielle, I love all the new spring nail colours that are around and have been painting my nails more than usual but I find that it chips off really quickly.
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Complete with a good dash of vinegar, I was soon scraping the last of the chips off the wrapper.
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And referring to someone who has "a chip on their shoulder" harks back to the 1800s when boys would start fights by challenging each other to knock wood chips off of each other's shoulders.
But if the foreign elements intruding on her more recent work are essentially "chips off the old block"--still related to the tautological exploration of painterly substance-this substance is increasingly understood to be conditioned as much by external imperatives as internal ones.
Certainly chips off the old blocks in their style and judgement of pace.
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His best explanation for why the quirky films preferred by the 1960s film crowd gave way to big action spectacles is this quote from director William Friedkin, who made such '70s touchstones as The French Connection and The Exorcist: "Star Wars swept all the chips off the table.
Our Z receiver runs a 10-yard out route, the H-back chips off the strong safety into the flat, and our tight end blocks the same as he would on the zone run play.
Among his works are 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, or, David Copperfield (1928), From Bed to Worse (1934), My Ten Years in a Quandary (1936), Benchley Beside Himself (1943), and the posthumous Chips Off the Old Benchley (1949).