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blue chip

noun
1.
Chiefly Poker. a blue-colored chip of high value.
2.
a common stock issued by a major company that has financial strength, stability against fluctuations, and a good record of dividend payments: regarded as a low-risk investment.
3.
a secure and valuable item or property held in reserve:
The airfield was a blue chip in the struggle for military supremacy.
Origin of blue chip
1900-1905
1900-05, Americanism

blue-chip

[bloo-chip] /ˈbluˌtʃɪp/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or constituting a blue chip.
2.
having outstanding or exemplary qualities within a specified category; leading:
a group of blue-chip scientists; blue-chip stock.
Origin
1930-35
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  • Although our novice did not improve his hand, he raised a fifty-dollar bet made by the man upon his right by a blue chip.

    Mortmain Arthur Cheny Train
  • To his surprise all dropped out but Steadman, who had drawn but a single card and who raised him a blue chip.

    Mortmain Arthur Cheny Train
  • He was one of our most prom'nent citizens; ran the blue chip over yonder.

    The Fifth Ace Douglas Grant
  • Most of us were corraled in the blue chip, and Geoff, he was shot down along with a lot of others.

    The Fifth Ace Douglas Grant
  • When he entered the blue chip that night, Thode found play already in full blast.

    The Fifth Ace Douglas Grant
  • Across the plaza beyond the flower-market, the blue chip could be discerned in an unfamiliar aspect of transformation.

    The Fifth Ace Douglas Grant
  • Vernon was a type with which in a more crude stratum of humanity she had become familiar in the gaming-rooms of the blue chip.

    The Fifth Ace Douglas Grant
  • Claw, whose exposed cards were a ten-spot and a jack, hesitated for a moment and tossed in a blue chip.

    Snowdrift James B. Hendryx
British Dictionary definitions for blue chip

blue chip

noun
1.
a gambling chip with the highest value
2.
(finance)
  1. a stock considered reliable with respect to both dividend income and capital value
  2. (as modifier): a blue-chip company
3.
(modifier) denoting something considered to be a valuable asset
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Word Origin and History for blue chip
adj.

also blue-chip, in reference to the high-value poker counter, from 1904 in the figurative sense of "valuable;" stock exchange sense, in reference to "shares considered a reliable investment," is first recorded 1929; especially of stocks that saw spectacular rises in value in the four years or so before the Wall Street crash of that year.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for blue chip

blue-chip

adjective

Of the best sort; first-rate: a blue-chip stock/ a blue-chip school (1920s+)

[fr the color of the highest denomination of gambling chip]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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