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The word chip is both a noun and a verb, so a chip and to chip. Most frequently it is used as a noun, and it describes a ball that is hit in an arc over another player. The ball is not hit with power, so the noun may be used with adjectives, such as deft or delicate, giving phrases like a deft chip, a delicate chip. To chip the goalkeeper or to hit a chip over a wall at a free kick takes a lot of skill, so the word is used to imply admiration. Chip.
- Example: Sturridge extinguished any hopes of a comeback 15 minutes from time with a wonderful 20-yard chip (Liverpool v West Brom 2013/14 season).
- Example: The victory was sealed as Walcott calmly chipped over Marshall after latching on to Wilshere’s flicked through ball. (Arsenal v Cardiff 2013/14 season)