chips are down

chips are down
1) the time when one faces the greatest obstacles

When the chips were down he went to his father for advice and received his encouragement.

2) at the most important or dangerous time, when the winner and loser of a bet or a game will be decided

When the chips are down he will always come and help his friends.


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