a chip off the old block

a chip off the old block :

a chip off the old block

someone who resembles their parent especially in character

A CHIP in this expression means something which forms a portion of or is derived from a larger or more important thing and which retains the characteristic qualities of that superior thing. In 1781 Edmund Burke commented on Pitt the Younger's maiden speech in Parliament by saying he was….Not merely a chip of the old block…but the old block itself.

a new kid on the block

a newcomer to a particular place or sphere of activity

This phrase was originally American. The block referred to is a block of buildings between streets.

1998 - Times - Andrew Flintoff has displaced Ben Hollioake as the new kid on the block.

have been around the block a few times

(of a person) have a lot of experience – North American

on the block

for sale at auction, chiefly North American

The block in this phrase was the platform on which, in former times, a slave stood to be auctioned.

put the blocks on

prevent from proceeding

A block of wood or other material placed in front of a wheel prevents forward movement.

put your head on the block = put your neck on the block

put your position or reputation at risk by proceeding with a particular course of action – informal

This phrase alludes to the block of wood on which a condemned person was formerly beheaded.

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