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Chip on Your Shoulder: What Are You Going to Do About It?

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&raquo Download Audio(mp3) By Warren Scheer 2007-4-7 Now, the VOA Special English program, Words and Th

later, in the united states, some people would put a real chip on their shoulder as a test. they wanted to start a fight. they would wait for someone to be brave enough to try to hit it off.

the word chip appears in a number of special american expressions. another is chip off the old block. this means that a child is exactly like a parent.

this expression goes back at least to the early sixteen hundreds. the british writer of plays, george colman, wrote these lines in seventeen sixty-two. "you'll find him his father's own son, i believe. a chip off the old block, i promise you!"

the word chip can also be used in a threatening way to someone who is suspected of wrongdoing. an investigator may say, "we're going to let the chips fall where they may." this means the investigation is going to be complete and honest. it is also a warning that no one will be protected from being found guilty.

chips are often used in card games. they represent money. a poker player may, at any time, decide to leave the game. he will turn in his chips in exchange for money or cash.

this lead to another meaning. a person who finished or died was said to have cashed in his chips. which is a way of saying it is time for me to finish this program.

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you have been listening to the voa special english program, words and their stories. i'm warren scheer.

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