Student or Learner
What does "chink away" mean in the following context?
"He had been busy writing, chinking away at a story he'd begun since last Aug."
I can't find the phrase "chink away" in the dictionary, could anyone help me out?
Thank you very much.
I expect the intended meaning is how I would use the word "chipping." Making slow but steady progress on something.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
I would probably not use the word "chink" since it is also a derogatory word used for Chinese people.
***** NOT A TEACHER *****
(1) Excellent point.
(2) That is why thoughtful and well-mannered people no longer
use such once popular phrases as:
I noticed a chink in his armor. ( = I discovered a defect in his
character or ideas.)
(3) I assume that many of the learners are young people who may
be doing international business. It would be a wise decision -- in my
opinion -- to drop this word from their active vocabulary. That is,
never ever say or write it.
I try to be politically sensitive, but this is ridiculous.
You can't say "chink" as in "a chink in his armor" because it could cause offense to Chinese?
That's even worse than not being able to use the words "niggardly" -- a word related to "niggling" as in "niggling doubt" -- because it SOUNDS like a truly offensive word with which is shares absolutely no word origins.