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Idioms

a chip off the old block

This page is about the idiom a chip off the old block

Meaning

Someone can be described as a chip off the old block if they are very similar in character to one of their parents, usually their father.

For example

  • Everyone says I'm a chip off the old block, but I think I'm very different to my dad.

  • Jenny's a real chip off the old block. She must have been very close to her father when she was young.

Quick Quiz

People call Ray a chip off the old block because he

a. reminds them of his father

b. reminds them of his son

c. reminds them of their fathers

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