Chip on his shoulder
bob green
What is the origin of "Chip on his shoulder" and why would anyone try to knock it off his shoulder?
AdSumADS
It's from an early American schoolboy ritual before fights. One would place a woodchip on a shoulder and dare the prespective opponent to knock it off. It's like throwing down the gauntlet. Knocking the chip off his shoulder would signal the acceptance of the challenge to fight.

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