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What is the meaning and origin of ‘chink in the armour’?

(Aswin, Chennai)

This is an expression that has been part of the English language for over 600 years. When you say that someone has a chink in his armour, what you mean is that the person has a minor fault which is likely to cause him problems. In other words, the person has a flaw which can be taken advantage of by other people. The expression can be used with things as well.

*The up and coming star spent hours looking for a chink in the champion’s armour.

The word ‘chink’ has nothing to do with a ‘Chinaman’. This ‘chink’ is a rather obscure word meaning ‘slit’ or ‘narrow opening’. In the old days, as a form of protection, soldiers used to wear armour. If the armour had a slit, then it became a weak spot, which enemies took advantage of.

S. UPENDRAN UPENDRANKYE@GMAIL.COM

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