"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
Related words and phrases:
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.
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.
Having a chip on your shoulder does not make you a good person to be with.
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 ...