A Chip Off the Old Block

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a chip off the old block

Pictures taken from Google Images “Chip off the old block”
Click on the image to watch how a chip of the old block is used in the Angry Birds Game

Meaning:

A child who looks and behaves as his own father does.

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Pictures taken from Google Images, “Chip off the old block”
Click on the image to watch a part of the movie “Chip off the old block” with Donald Connor

Origin:

This old expression goes back to the Greek times. A chip is a piece from a block of stone or a big log of wood. If you chip off the block, you take or cut a piece of it. Of course, that this chip would have the same qualities and properties that the old block has since it comes straight from it.

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Pictures taken from Google Images “Chip off the old block”.
Click on the image to watch the catoon “24 chips off the old block” Metro-Goldwin Mayer Productions

Example:

• Look at John Jr. he wears the same kind of clothes as his father does. He cuts and brushes his hair in the same way as his father does. He even likes to chew toothpicks as his father does and if you look at him, he asks you the same question his father would, “Do you have a cow with me?” It goes without saying that John Jr. is a chip off the old block.
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