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to chip in

to chip in Idiom: to chip in; used as a verb

First Example: Everyone chipped in five dollars to buy a birthday present for Yoko.
Meaning: to chip means to help pay for or do something. In this example, several people gave money to buy a birthday gift for Yoko. Sometimes we chip in money so that we can afford to buy one nice gift, instead of many inexpensive gifts. In a sentence, chip in is sometimes followed by the specific amount of money everyone pays.
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Second Example: All of Lisa’s coworkers chipped in to give her a wedding shower.
Meaning: In this case, Lisa’s coworkers all gave some money to have a party for her before her wedding. In American workplaces, we often chip in for gifts or parties for co-workers.
This idiom is from LSI’s book “Reading Transitions,” which is used in the Level 4 reading classes. For more information, please visit

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