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chump change

A tiny, trifling, and/or inconsequential amount of money. To most people, $2,000 is a lot to spend on anything, but to the country's mega rich, it is merely chump change. I'm only getting paid chump change for all this hard work I'm doing.
See also: change, chump

be off (one's) chump

To be crazy. In the UK, "chump" is a slang term for "head." You're off your chump if you think that plan will work.
See also: chump, off

off (one's) chump

Crazy or insane. He must be off his chump to pay that much money for that old car. Am I completely off my chump for starting a business in this economy?
See also: chump, off

chump change

A trivial sum of money, a trivial matter. For example, Dave was sick of working for chump change; he wanted a decent salary, or Don't put that on the agenda; it's chump change. This expression uses chump in the sense of "a fool or sucker who should be ignored." [Slang; 1960s] Also see chicken feed.
See also: change, chump

off one's head

Also, off one's nut or rocker or trolley or chump . Crazy, out of one's mind, as in You're off your head if you think I'll pay your debts, or I think Jerry's gone off his nut over that car, or When she said we had to sleep in the barn we thought she was off her rocker, or The old man's been off his trolley for at least a year. The expression using head is colloquial and dates from the mid-1800s, nut has been slang for "head" since the mid-1800s; rocker, dating from the late 1800s, may allude to an elderly person falling from a rocking chair; trolley, also dating from the late 1800s, may be explained by George Ade's use of it in Artie (1896): "Any one that's got his head full of the girl proposition's liable to go off his trolley at the first curve." The last, chump, is also slang for "head" and was first recorded in 1859.
See also: head, off

off your chump

crazy. British informal
The literal sense of chump meaning ‘a broad, thick block of wood’ led in the mid 19th century to its humorous use to mean ‘head’, with the implication of ‘blockhead’.
See also: chump, off

chump

n. a stupid person; a gullible person. See if that chump will loan you some money.

chump change

n. a small amount of money; the kind of salary or amount of money a chump would work for. I refuse to work for chump change! I want a real job.
See also: change, chump

off one’s chump

mod. crazy; nuts. Am I off my chump, or did that car suddenly disappear?
See also: chump, off
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Chumps were any piece of wood or branches and chumpin' was collecting them.
FOUR Nations title holders Wales went from champs to chumps at Haverfordwest County's Bridge Meadow Stadium where a youthful Irish semi-professional side emerged as worthy winners.
Our won-loss record hasn't been flashy, but we don't take chumps,'' Perez said.
The US magazine Newsweek was inspired by The Mirror's idea when we christened presidential candidates Al Gore and George W Bush Forrest Chumps after the farcical election failed to decide a winner.
The idea is that every little clump of citizens and businesses would fill out extensive paperwork, hold meetings and elections, and send a representative downtown where he or she would compete to be heard over all the other chumps elected by all the other clumps.
The other guys stormed out of a Fiesta Bowl function in fatigues and commando sunglasses, chafing at the notion of breaking bread with the chumps sharing the field with them on game day.
The message the governor is sending to the state's schools, its teachers, its administrators, even its students is: Cheating pays; rules are for chumps.
If only to keep other poor chumps from paying as much as I have for all of it.
The limo, funded and driven by organized labor, slows down so all Assembly members can wave to the chumps on the street - the poor, the elderly, the young, the transit-dependent who have been waiting a long time for better and cheaper service.
For the love of the game, the risk here would be renewing a contract with a bunch of inferiority-complexed, Dunkin' Donut-devouring, could-you-please-make-the-call-in-30-min utes-or-less-so-we-can-decide-which-base -to-throw-to-next-or-go-ahead-and-order-a-pizza chumps.
The sports world aims at oversimplifications - winners and loser, champs and chumps.
And we're supposed to call the family chumps because they enjoyed themselves for a day?
When you meet these chumps in person, you realize they should become actors.