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1 a [+ object] : to break off a small piece from (something)

I bit into something hard and chipped my tooth.

He fell and chipped a bone in his knee.

She chipped a nail.
[=she broke a small piece of hardened nail polish off a fingernail]

a chipped cup/tooth

b [no object] : to break or come off in small pieces

China chips easily.

The paint had chipped off/away.

2 a always followed by an adverb or preposition, [+ object] : to break off (something) especially with a tool

He chipped away the ice from the car's windshield.

The sculptor chipped away/off bits of stone.

The geologist chipped
[=cut] the specimen out of the rock face.

b [no object] : to hit something with a tool in order to break off small pieces — usually + away

The sculptor chipped away at the stone/marble.

— often used figuratively

There have been endless efforts to chip away at [=gradually reduce] social prejudice.

His failures chipped away at his self-confidence.

3 : to hit or kick (a ball) so that it goes a short distance : to hit or kick a chip shot

[+ object]

The golfer chipped the ball onto the green.

She chipped the soccer ball over the goalie's head.

He chipped a pass to his teammate.

[no object]

The golfer chipped onto the green.

She chipped in for par.
[=she made a par by hitting a chip shot that went into the hole]

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