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let the chips fall (where they may)

proverb To let a situation unfold without worrying about the consequences. Now that I've told the police everything I know, there's nothing I can do but let the chips fall where they may.
See also: chip, fall, let
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Let the chips fall where they may.

Prov. Let something happen regardless of the consequences and no matter what happens. I'm going to tell Ellen the truth about her husband, let the chips fall where they may. Kathy decided to risk her money on the investment, and let the chips fall where they may.
See also: chip, fall, let, may
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

let the chips fall where they may

No matter what the consequences, as in I'm going to tell the truth about what happened, and let the chips fall where they may . This metaphoric term alludes to chopping wood and is usually joined to a statement that one should do what is right (that is, the woodcutter should pay attention to the main task of cutting logs and not worry about small chips). [Late 1800s]
See also: chip, fall, let, may
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

let the chips fall where they ˈmay

(American English, informal) used to say that you are not worried about anything that may happen, particularly as a result of something you do: Don’t argue with him. Just tell the truth and let the chips fall where they may.
See also: chip, fall, let, may
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

let the chips fall where they may

Whatever the consequences, do the right thing. This term alludes to woodcutting, and suggests that the cutter stick to the principal task and ignore the small pieces of wood flying about. It was used figuratively in a speech by Roscoe Conkling nominating General Ulysses S. Grant at the Republican Convention of 1880: “Hew to the line of right, let the chips fall where they may.” The expression was frequently quoted thereafter and was a cliché by the mid-twentieth century.
See also: chip, fall, let, may
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