chip2 past tense and past participle chipped, present participle chipping
if you chip something, or if it chips, a small piece of it breaks off accidentally:
accidentally break (something)[intransitive and transitive]
Gary fell and chipped one of his front teeth.
He chipped a bone in his knee and was carried off the pitch.
These plates chip really easily.
The paint had chipped off the gate.
to remove something, especially something hard that is covering a surface, by hitting it with a tool so that small pieces break off:
remove something[intransitive,transitive always + adverb/preposition]
Archaeologists were carefully chipping away at the rock.
Chip out the plaster with a steel chisel.
to hit a golf ball or kick a football or a rugby ball so that it goes high into the air for a short distance:
United scored just before half-time when Adcock cleverly chipped the ball over the keeper.
to cut potatoes into thin pieces ready to be cooked in hot oil
potatoes[transitive] British EnglishDFC
chip away at somethingphrasal verb
Writers such as Voltaire and Diderot were chipping away at the foundations of society.
Fears about the future chipped away at her sense of well-being.
chip inphrasal verb
to interrupt a conversation by saying something that adds more detail
chip in with
Other committee members chipped in with suggestions.
'It won't be easy,' Jeff chipped in.
I'd just like to chip in, Bill, if I might.
if each person in a group chips in, they each give a small amount of money so that they can buy something together:
We all chipped in to buy Amy a graduation present.
chip in (with) something
52 people in the music industry each chipped in $250 apiece.