wordy wednesday: a chip on your shoulder

Today’s idiom: a chip on your shoulder

Meaning: holding a grudge

Origin: It seems like the phrase originated in the 19th century when men would placed a chip of wood on the shoulder to signify that they were ready to fight whoever knocked the chip off.  Of course this is not the exact meaning of the phrase nowadays, though it is clear how it evolved to its modern meaning.

Sources: phrases.  know your phrase.


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