have a chip on (one's) shoulder

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have a chip on (one's) shoulder

To have 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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have a chip on your shoulder

COMMON If someone has a chip on their shoulder, they feel angry and resentful because they think that they have been treated unfairly, especially because of their background. She thinks he has a chip on his shoulder because he didn't go to university. Note: You can also use chip-on-shoulder or chip-on-the-shoulder before a noun. This sort of chip-on-the-shoulder nationalism makes neighbouring countries nervous. Note: There is a story that in America in the past, men sometimes balanced a small piece of wood on one shoulder in the hope that someone would knock it off and give them an excuse to start a fight.
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have a ˈchip on your shoulder

(informal) be sensitive about something that happened in the past and easily offended if it is mentioned, because you think you were treated unfairly: He’s got a chip on his shoulder about not having been to college.This idiom comes from a nineteenth-century US custom. If a boy wanted to fight, he put a small piece of wood on his shoulder. He would begin a fight with whoever knocked the chip of wood off his shoulder.
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shoulder If I tell someone that they are being a 'patronising idiot' then I have a chip on my shoulder.
If I tell " someone that they are being a 'patronising idiot' then I have a chip on my shoulder "
I don't have a chip on my shoulder, just a black hole in my pocket due to being screwed by this and past governments ripping off ordinary people who have little option but to use their own vehicles to go about their daily business.