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chicken feed

noun, Slang.
1.
an insignificant sum of money:
He's so rich that $1000 is chicken feed to him.
2.
small change, as pennies and nickels.
Origin of chicken feed
1830-1840
1830-40, Americanism
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  • "You're makin' a whole lot of noise on that handful of chicken feed," he observed.

    The Land of Strong Men Arthur M. Chisholm
  • "Salt away that chicken feed in your duds, and skip along," says Buck.

  • "No chicken feed for me," he would say when they were set before him.

    Roads of Destiny O. Henry
  • Sunflowers are easy to grow and their heads hold a tremendous lot of chicken feed.

  • Let the poultryman who figures the nutritious ratio of chicken feed try this simple experiment.

    The Dollar Hen Milo M. Hastings
  • "I owe you sixty-nine cents for chicken feed, Gramps," Bud said, looking back at his figures.

    The Black Fawn James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • Yep; a pinch of chicken feed and wot felt like about four one-bone bills.

    The Life of the Party Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • For this reason this plant is hated by the Syrians, although they use tares very extensively as chicken feed.

    The Syrian Christ Abraham Mitrie Rihbany
  • Every drop of blood is saved in this factory, being dried and made into chicken feed or something else that is useful.

    Birdseye Views of Far Lands James T. Nichols
  • Darnel seeds aren't good for much except as chicken feed or to burn to prevent the spread of this weed.

British Dictionary definitions for chicken feed

chicken feed

noun
1.
(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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