blue chip

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:
1900–05, Americanism

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blue-chip

[bloo-chip]
adjective
1.
of, pertaining 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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blue chip
 
n
1.  a gambling chip with the highest value
2.  finance
 a.  a stock considered reliable with respect to both dividend income and capital value
 b.  (as modifier): a blue-chip company
3.  (modifier) denoting something considered to be a valuable asset

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blue chip
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.
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