to have a chip on your shoulder

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - have a chip on your shoulder

"to have a chip on your shoulder"

to have a habitually hostile or combative attitude because you ​think you have been ​treated ​unfairly or ​feel you are not as good as other ​people


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - have a chip on your shoulder

Three colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Peter just got promoted.

Colleague 2:  Good for Peter.  He's been working hard for a long time.

Colleague 3:  Ya, whatever.  Stupid job. Stupid company.

Colleague 2:  What's wrong with him?

Colleague 1:  He's just got a chip on his shoulder because he has been passed over for promotion so many times.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - have a chip on your shoulder

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Where is Harold? I thought we were all going to play video games.

Friend 2:  Harold has refused to play with us anymore. He thinks because he lost our last tournament that we must have cheated to win.

Friend 1:  But he lost fair and square.

Friend 2:  That doesn't seem to be stopping Harold from having a chip on his shoulder.

to have a chip on your shoulder - Usage:


to have a chip on your shoulder - Gerund Form:

Having a chip on your shoulder does not make you a good person to be with.

to have a chip on your shoulder - Examples:

1)  Australian business and in all walks of life, to consider to not have a chip on their shoulder, not to feel that they're out there against it.

2)  Then people of all stripes become defensive and have a chip on their shoulder. It is sad to witness.

3)  So, if anyone has a reason to be bitter or have a chip on their shoulder, it would be me.

4)  The politicians and bureaucrats have a chip on their shoulder and an inferiority complex where army men are concerned.

5)  ... to single out one profession for burning at the stake just because you have a chip on your shoulder about them.

6)  ... criticize you too seriously that dented your confidence. You also seem to have a chip on your shoulder about your background.

7)  If you don't have a chip on your shoulder not everything will offend you and you are likely to see things ...

8)  ... but then again I do not have a chip on my shoulder and always welcome anyone I meet without judgment.

9)  ... which I would gladly entertain, but to ignore it and/or say I have a chip on my shoulder is combative.

10)  It's been nearly 20 years, and I still have a chip on my shoulder. I feel as if I was the one "wronged"!

11)  You're still worried about the opposition player who clearly has a chip on his shoulder and a desire to do damage.

12)  He has a chip on his shoulder and a constant scowl that make me feel like he thinks he ...

13)  The officer is a bit unapproachable and is always as if he has a chip on his shoulder.

14)  She got her break on a soap opera and she has a chip on her shoulder about it.

15)  My own mom doesn't do well under pressure either AND she has a chip on her shoulder about modern medicine.

16)  The thesis was rejected as lunacy, he recalls. He's had a chip on his shoulder ever since.

17)  ... was because the cop concerned had a chip on his shoulder and/or wanted to be vindictive, or indeed had some other agenda ...

18)  ... and people beating me because they were doping. I had a chip on my shoulder as a result, and I wasn't shy of saying what ...

19)  I felt I was better than that. So I kind of had a chip on my shoulder when I came in.

20)  Call me uppity, call me having a chip on my shoulder ...