1. (US Und.) to carry out a small crime with only minimal profits.
|implied in chipper n.3|
|AS XIII:2 151/1: Chip: to steal.‘Some Negro Terms’ in|
|Venetian Blonde (2006) 156: [of card cheating] I chipped along, neither winning nor losing, but all the while laying down a story.|
|Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].|
2. (drugs) to dabble in narcotic drug use.
|Connection 64: You know Ernie has been chipping. I gave him the same as you, but you got a higher tolerance.|
|Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 91: All the studs I knew was on stuff [heroin] now, and their habits was a good mile long, / but I thought I could chip [shoot heroin occasionally] and never get hooked.|
|Deadly Streets (1983) 107: Kivo was working straight methedrine, shooting it [...] He said he was just chipping.‘The Hippie-Slayer’ in|
|(con. 1960s) Black Gangster (1991) 137: He sure ain’t chippin’ then. That’s a goddam oil-burner.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 172: Some teenagers had ‘chipped’ (occasionally used one or another of the hard drugs).|
|Rent Boy 33: Some of that money craving comes from doing dope. That’s where Chip got his name, he chips. [Ibid.] 95: From the glitter in his eyes you can see Chip isn’t just chipping anymore.|
|Bad Debts (2012) [ebook] Eric was just chipping in the beginning. ‘Everything’s under control,’ was his favourite expression.|
|(con. 1975–6) Steel Toes 110: I’m just chippin’, but I been fuckin’ around with this stuff since I was twelve. I can control it.|
3. to dilute drugs.
|Narcotics Lingo and Lore.|
|Drug Lang. and Lore.|
4. (Aus.) to smoke occasional cigarettes despite purportedly having given up.
|Broken Shore (2007) [ebook] [He] wished he had a smoke. How long did the craving last? It would last forever if he kept chipping every chance he got.|