chip in


chipped in; chipping in; chips in
transitive + intransitive : contribute
chip in five dollars
everyone chipped in for the gift
intransitive, chiefly British : chime in sense 2

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web The next step is seeing which other cities want to chip in, in exchange for water. Taylor Seely, The Arizona Republic, 13 Apr. 2023 Five years later, the elderly couple was still living under a waterlogged roof until a foundation offered to chip in. Arelis R. Hernández, Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2023 Toward the end of the speech Carter also implored Americans to chip in: carpooling more, avoiding unnecessary trips, and setting thermostats higher in the summer and lower in the winter. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 18 Apr. 2023 Both families often chip in, and the bride and groom will often help as well. Virginia Van Zanten, Vogue, 22 Mar. 2023 The first time money really came into play was when Coppola and Odell decided to buy a king-sized bed to accommodate all of three them, and Frank offered to chip in. Refinery29 Team,, 23 Feb. 2023 And chip in, and make conversation. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2022 Carthon could easily use his opening selection on a wide receiver or offensive linemen, opting to rework the team's larger outlook before pushing his chips in on a passer. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, 8 Apr. 2023 At a time when management will be considering whether to push chips in on trade, the Rangers should be surging. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 26 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of chip in was in 1861

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“Chip in.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2023.

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