chips are down, the


chips are down, the
 One has accepted a risk, taken a gamble, committed oneself to a course of action. (From chips, Counters used instead of money in gambling.)

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  • chips are down —    This expression refers to people s behavior in a difficult or dangerous situation when action must be taken.     It s when the chips are down that Jack is at his best …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

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  • The chips are down — moment of decision has been reached …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • the chips are down — Australian Slang moment of decision has been reached …   English dialects glossary

  • when the chips are down — At a moment of crisis or critically important time • • • Main Entry: ↑chip * * * when the chips are down spoken phrase used for saying what happens when a situation becomes difficult or reaches an important point When the chips are down, you… …   Useful english dictionary

  • when the chips are down — {adv. cl.}, {informal} When the winner and loser of a bet or a game are decided; at the most important or dangerous time. * /Tom hit a home run in the last inning of the game when the chips were down./ * /When the chips were down, the two… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • when the chips are down — {adv. cl.}, {informal} When the winner and loser of a bet or a game are decided; at the most important or dangerous time. * /Tom hit a home run in the last inning of the game when the chips were down./ * /When the chips were down, the two… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • when\ the\ chips\ are\ down — adv cl. informal When the winner and loser of a bet or a game are decided; at the most important or dangerous time. Tom hit a home run in the last inning of the game when the chips were down. When the chips were down, the two countries decided… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • when the chips are down — 1) the time when one faces the greatest obstacles When the chips were down he went to his father for advice and received his encouragement. 2) at the most important or dangerous time, when the winner and loser of a bet or a game will be decided… …   Idioms and examples


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