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:
1830–40, Americanism

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chicken feed
 
n
slang a trifling amount of money

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chicken feed definition


  1. n.
    a small amount of money. (See also peanuts.) : It may be chicken feed to you, but that's a month's rent to me.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Idioms & Phrases

chicken feed

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

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
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.
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