A Chip Off the Old Block
De tal palo, tal astilla / Hijo de tigre, pintito
A child who looks and behaves as his own father does.
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.
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.