It probably came from the craft of carving, in stone or wood, so that a 'chip' (son) taken the 'old block' (the father) is made from the same material and is therefore substantially the same.
Others believe it came from the American Civil war--During the Civil War, ballistics-control-computers were still a thing of the future, so experienced gun teams aimed the cannons. The ability to land a shell in the desired location on the enemy was done by gut feel of the sergeant with the most experience. When some of the old cannons become hard to raise and lower the barrel, experienced gunners would have some wood on hand to prop up the back, or one of the wheels, to effectively change the trajectory for shots that had fallen short or long. This was often too course of an adjustment though, causing shots to fall on the opposite side of the intended target area. The "smart" gunners would have an ax nearby to chip off some of the wood, giving them finer resolution on where the shots would fall. They would instruct their crew to "take a chip off the block of wood". Using the same block over and over at times, the wood block became known as the gunners "old block." Those "smart" gunners that knew this technique would pass this on to their followers, and eventually, someone who knew the smart tricks of his elder became identified with the firing technique, and he himself became known as "a chip off the old block". Later this was applied to anyone devoted follower of a teacher, and eventually more especially to someone who emulates their parent.
A Chip Off the Old Block was created in 2009.
The duration of A Chip Off the Old Block is 2700.0 seconds.
The duration of Chip Off the Old Block is 1.18 hours.
A Chip Off the Old Block ended on 2009-12-27.
Chip Off the Old Block was created on 1944-02-01.
Like father, like son. It is actually "chip off the old block".
The cast of A Chip Off the Old Block - 1916 includes: Janethel Monahan Joseph Monahan as Chip
"Chip off the old block" IS an idiom! It means that the child is just like the parent.
Chip Off the Old Block - 1944 is rated/received certificates of: Sweden:Btl
A Chip Off the Old Block - album - was created on 21-10-14.
A Chip Off the Old Block - 1915 II is rated/received certificates of: UK:U
either a noun, as in a chip (food) or a chip off the old block or something. or a verb, as in to chip something.
Yes, chip is a countable noun; a chip off the old block or a bag of chips.
a chip off the old block
Chip off the old block means someone closely resembles their parents or mentors in some way, usually by appearance, mannerisms or skills/hobbies.
My Three Sons - 1960 Chip Off the Old Block 1-1 was released on: USA: 29 September 1960
Whiz Kids - 1983 A Chip Off the Old Block 1-5 was released on: USA: 9 November 1983
Love and Marriage - 1959 Chip Off the Old Block 1-10 was released on: USA: 23 November 1959
Check It Out - 1985 A Chocolate Chip Off the Old Block 2-7 was released on: USA: 14 November 1986
The cast of A Chip Off the Old Block - 1913 includes: Nick Cogley as The Widower Bert Hunn as Cop George Jeske as Cop Hank Mann as Cop
You are alot like you mother/father/brother/sister.
It means that person is just like their parent.
Happy Tree Friends - 1999 Chip Off the Ol' Block 1-12 was released on: USA: 3 May 2000
he was a chip off the old block just like his dad
It's said that he is a "chip off the old block".