chip in


Definition of chip in 

intransitive verb

1 : contribute everyone chipped in for the gift

2 chiefly British : chime in sense 2

transitive verb

: contribute chip in five dollars

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Synonyms for chip in


contribute, kick in, pitch in

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Examples of chip in in a Sentence

we all chipped in and bought flowers for the secretaries forgive me in chipping in like this, but I think I know a better way to get to Trafalgar Square

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That deal, needing Chinese approval, had become a bargaining chip in the trade negotiations. Fortune, "Trump Has Approved $50 Billion in China Tariffs as the Superpowers Inch Toward a Trade War," 15 June 2018 The Triple Crown is a powerful bargaining chip in the market for putting a horse out to stud. Christina Capatides, CBS News, "Justify becomes most valuable racehorse ever with $75M breeding deal," 12 June 2018 The legislation is seen as a key bargaining chip in the Legislature's end-of-session negotiations about the state's annual budget and a plan to fill most of its deficit with investment earnings from the $65 billion Permanent Fund. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska lawmakers advance bills to borrow cash for oil companies, restrict Medicaid coverage," 4 May 2018 Trump had hoped to use the young immigrants as a bargaining chip in the last round of budget negotiations, offering legal residency for them in exchange for money for a border wall and strict new immigration limits. Maria Sacchetti, ajc, "Federal judge: Trump administration must accept new DACA applicants," 26 Apr. 2018 The aging of the large baby boom generation is making up an increasing share of the nation’s population, with proportionally fewer working-age Americans chipping in payroll taxes. Amy Goldstein, Washington Post, "A crucial Medicare trust fund will run out three years earlier than predicted, new report says," 5 June 2018 Daisy Baldwin added two goals and Abigail Evans chipped in one. Lauren Green,, "Wednesday's South Jersey roundup: Allentown advances to South Group 3 final," 30 May 2018 Senior Joe Gooley paced the Dragons (14-3) with four goals, sophomore Will Prouty added two in the first half, and senior Brad Backlund chipped in one late in the fourth. Nate Weitzer,, "Nobles boys’ lacrosse remains in title hunt," 24 May 2018 Kyle Lowry paced the Raptors with 24 points, but DeMar DeRozan (16), Jonas Valanciunas (14), and Pascal Siakam (11) all chipped in double-digit efforts as well. Michael Singer, USA TODAY, "Toronto Raptors down Washington Wizards on the road, advance to second-round of playoffs," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of chip in

1861, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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The first known use of chip in was in 1861

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