I have been reading an article and I'm came across this sentence:

He’s also a person: serious, thoughtful, merciful, the slightest hint of a chip on his shoulder.

I googled "hint of a chip" but can't find anything useful. what is the meaning of this phrase?

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    try 'chip on shoulder' - the person has a hint of that, meaning the person is slightly irritable. – loonquawl Sep 27 '18 at 11:09
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    The idiom used in the sentence is "chip on his shoulder". It means to have or hold some residual anger/resentment. – user22542 Sep 27 '18 at 11:29

To have a chip on one's shoulder is to seem angry all the time because you think you have been treated unfairly or feel you are not as good as other people (Cambridge. A hint of a chip is just a very small chip, so the individual displays just a suggestion of resentment.

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