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chicken-and-egg

[chik-uh n-uh n-eg, -uh nd-] /ˈtʃɪk ən ənˈɛg, -ənd-/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or being a dilemma of which of two things came first or of which is the cause and which the effect:
a chicken-and-egg question of whether matter or energy is the basis of the universe.
Also, chicken-or-egg
[chik-uh n-er-eg] /ˈtʃɪk ən ərˈɛg/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1955-1960
1955-60
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Examples for chicken-and-egg
  • Foreign multinationals can, for example, alleviate the chicken-and-egg problem that plagues many new industries.
  • Which is why digital cash is now solving its chicken-and-egg problem.
  • In the meantime, the single currency suffers from a severe chicken-and-egg difficulty.
  • But there is a chicken-and-egg factor when it comes to advertising on cellphones.
  • There is a certain chicken-and-egg question that politicians might consider.
  • In a way, it's the chicken-and-egg- or rather the cow-and-gelatin-capsule- problem.

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