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Jul 12, 2013
This week's theme
Words from poker

This week's words
poker-faced
four-flush
penny-ante
standpat
blue chip

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Words that have many unrelated meanings
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with Anu Garg

blue chip

PRONUNCIATION:
(BLOO chip)

MEANING:
adjective: Having high value and reliability.
noun: A reliable and highly valuable asset, such as a stock, a company, etc.

ETYMOLOGY:
In poker (and other gambling games), a blue chip typically represents high value. Earliest documented use: 1873.

USAGE:
"Mr Shibulal is not the first boss to have to lead a blue-chip company to a less glamorous, lower-margin future."
Shibulal's Struggles; The Economist (London, UK); Apr 20, 2013.

See more usage examples of blue chip in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kind of dogmas or goals, it's always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt. -Robert M. Pirsig, author and philosopher (b. 1928)

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