Chip off the old block
christine gilpatrick
i know the meaning to be 'resembling one's parents in appearance or manner' but from where do we get this phrase. Also could the expression be extended to other influences in a child's life i.e.teachers, aunts etc.?
Lewis Joplin II
To me the expression would imply a parental relationship, not a mentoring situation.

A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK -- "A son who is like his father. Once it was 'chip of the old block,' The 'block' was either wood or stone; in either case, a chip would have the same characteristics as the block. In a slightly different form the expression was in print by 1626 in the play 'Dick of Devonshire': 'Why may not I be a Chipp of the same blocke out of which you two were cutt?'" From "The Dictionary of Cliches" by James Rogers (Ballantine Books, New York, 1985).

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