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chicken feed

noun, Slang.
an insignificant sum of money:
He's so rich that $1000 is chicken feed to him.
small change, as pennies and nickels.
Origin of chicken feed
1830-40, Americanism Unabridged
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Examples from the web for chicken feed
  • Tossed on the bottom of the cage amidst feces was chicken feed mainly consisting of corn.
  • There was once an attempt to grind krill for use as chicken feed.
  • The author speculated that the widespread use of hormones in commercial chicken feed might be a contributing factor.
  • The materials, the labor, it was all chicken feed over there.
  • The premix shall be thoroughly mixed into the dry components of the broiler chicken feed before adding the liquid components.
  • Sometimes the tankage is used in hog and chicken feed.
  • Findings indicate that these beneficial bacteria deserve further study as replacements for antibiotics in chicken feed.
  • The investigation indicated that soybean meal added to chicken feed was the source of dioxin contamination.
  • His humble beginnings include being a chicken feed mill operator and a horseradish farmer.
  • But in a burgeoning population, that was chicken feed and disappeared in the crowd as if it had never been.
British Dictionary definitions for chicken feed

chicken feed

(slang) a trifling amount of money
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Slang definitions & phrases for chicken feed

chicken feed

noun phrase

A small amount of money; peanuts, small potatoes: Two million? That's chicken feed in this milieu (1830s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with chicken feed

chicken feed

Trifling amount of money, as in I'm not going to mow lawns for $5 an hour—that's chicken feed. This expression alludes to the fact that chickens can be fed corn and wheat grains too small for other uses. [ ; early 1800s ]
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