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A chip off the old block someone resembling their father or mother, especially in character and behaviour; the term is recorded from the early 17th century.

a chip on one's shoulder a deeply ingrained grievance, typically about a particular thing. The phrase (originally US) is recorded from the 19th century, and may originate in a practice described in the Long Island Telegraph (Hempstead, New York), 20 May 1830, ‘When two churlish boys were determined to fight, a chip would be placed on the shoulder of one, and the other demanded to knock it off at his peril.’

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