Malaphor Hunter Gary Kelly overheard this one at the grocery store as two old men were discussing a grandson. Given the context, it’s a congruent conflation of “a chip off the old block” and “the apple does not fall far from the tree”, both meaning someone’s behavior or traits resembling a relative, especially parents. The confusion stems from the similar definitions, but also this mental sequence: chip > wood > tree. Kudos to my old high school buddy and fellow musician Gary Kelly for sending this one in.
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