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 Chios (Ki’os).Chip of the Old Block (A). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Chip or Chips.
A carpenter is known by his chips. A man is known to be a carpenter by the chips in his workshop, so the profession or taste of other men may be known by their manners or mode of speech. There is a broadcloth slang as well as a corduroy slang; a military, naval, school, and university slang.   1
   Such carpenters, such chips. As the workman, so his work will be.   2
   Brother Chip. Properly a brother carpenter, but in its extended meaning applied to anyone of the same vocation as ourselves. (Es nostrœ fasciœ Petronius.)   3
        The ship’s carpenter is, at sea, commonly addressed as “chips.”
   Saratoga chips. Potatoes sliced thin while raw, and fried crisp. Sometimes called chipped potatoes.   4

 Chios (Ki’os).Chip of the Old Block (A). 


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