When The Chips Are Down


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When The Chips Are Down : Phrases



Meaning:

Tough times, when things are looking bleak.


Example:

A bit of advice for you - when the chips are down you need to fall back on a technique I like to call quitting.


Origin:

From the practice of using chips as a substitute for money when gambling. When winning you accumulate a lot of chips. But when you lose, your chips dwindle down.





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