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Kirill Vorobyov
Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 7:19:16 AM

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Hello, again!

Could somebody kindly explain what the underlined part means? -

Scarlett seemed demure and sweet enough these days, but there was a pleased complacency in her eyes which annoyed people and she carried a chip on her shoulder which no one cared to disturb.


Is this about a mystery/secret that she was hiding in her soul and which nobody cared to find out?
Is "to carry a chip on a shoulder" a common idiom?

Many thanks!
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 7:36:45 AM

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Kirill Vorobyov wrote:
Hello, again!

Could somebody kindly explain what the underlined part means? -

Scarlett seemed demure and sweet enough these days, but there was a pleased complacency in her eyes which annoyed people and she carried a chip on her shoulder which no one cared to disturb.


Is this about a mystery/secret that she was hiding in her soul and which nobody cared to find out?
Is "to carry a chip on a shoulder" a common idiom?

Many thanks!


There is an idiom " chip on your shoulder" which means to bear a grudge or appear angry all the while, this is what the author means.

I lack the imagination for a witty signature.
Kirill Vorobyov
Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 7:43:36 AM

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Thank you, Sarrriesfan!

So it's like nobody dared to ask her questions that they suspected she wouldn't like, right?
Romany
Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 7:48:56 AM
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Well yes, kind of.

It's more that no-one dared (to her face) to mention the fact that she was biased because of a personal grudge.
Kirill Vorobyov
Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 8:08:22 AM

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Thank you, Romany.

THere's a great article about the history of this idiom right here on TFD, like "dare to kick this chip off my shoulder and I'll show you...". Fascinating stuff, thank you all!
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