Idiom – Have a chip on your shoulder
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Have a chip on your shoulder – Idiom of the day
to seem angry all the time because you think you have been treated unfairly or feel you are not as good as other people.
In the 1800s, in the USA, there was a practice where people who wanted to physically fight would place a chip of wood on their shoulders, challenging others to knock it off.
- She has a chip on her shoulder about the fight yesterday.
- He has a chip on his shoulder as he was not allowed into the house last night.
- You have a chip on your shoulder if you think the science teacher hates you. She is very caring towards you.
- You seem to be annoyed about everything they do; I think you have a chip on your shoulder about the ruling party.
- Why can you never take constructive criticism? You seem to have a chip on your shoulder.
Harish: I am so annoyed.
Jenny: God! You do seem to have a chip on your shoulder always.
Janet : I do not believe in relationships anymore, I’ve got enough of them.
Jessica: You seem to have a chip of your shoulder. Don’t decide anything because of one bad relationship!