chip on shoulder

chip on shoulder

Meaning:

  • holding a grudge or grievance
  • a perceived sense of inferiority
  • being angry because of something that happened in the past
  • habitually combative attitude
  • take offence easily

Example:

  1. He’s always picking up fights with everyone. He seems to have a chip on his shoulder.
  2. He has a chip on his shoulder for not being born into a rich family.
  3. She still seems to have a chip on her shoulder about the argument she had with her friend last week.
  4. He has a chip on his shoulder for not being invited to the party.
  5. Why do you get so aggressive at the slightest hint of criticism? You seem to have a chip on your shoulder.
  6. He was not very cared for as a child, and he has a chip on his shoulder about his upbringing.
  7. She has a chip on her shoulder about not getting admission into that university.
  8. One of my colleagues is always arguing with everyone. I think he has a chip on his shoulder.

Origin:
This phrase originated in the USA in the 1800s. It refers to a practice where people who were looking for a physical fight would place a chip of wood on their shoulders, challenging others to knock it off.

C Leave a Comment

Leave a Comment

Idiom of the Day

come up with
come up with Meaning to find a new thought usually referred to ideas and referred with the name of the person who produced it Example Sentences The team ... Read on

Advertisement

Follow Idioms.in

Like Facebook Page

Recent Comments

Keep in Touch

Copyrights © 2017 - Idioms.in - All Rights Reserved.