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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • There was corn in the barn, and chicken-feed in the yard, and fruit in the garden.

    Bannertail Ernest Thompson Seton
  • Hugh was obviously small money, and Allen had no time to waste on chicken-feed, but Winsor was a different matter.

    The Plastic Age Percy Marks
  • Ef he's got somewhars 'round ten dollars in chicken-feed an' in ones an' twos, you assesses him dues of jest one dollar even.

    J. Poindexter, Colored Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • Well, Dr. Filhiol, there, fed his nag enough of our chicken-feed to last us a week.

    Cursed George Allan England
  • I thought that, when compared with the clamorous west, we were raising only chicken-feed, and hardly enough of that.

    In Pastures Green Peter McArthur
  • Rats and mice and such small deer, as Shakespeare has it, chicken-feed of the larder they might be called.

    Dracula Bram Stoker
  • However, to do him justice, the transaction was more or less what he would have called "chicken-feed stuff."

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Carolus stood in the yard eating Madam Land's chicken-feed and sour milk with excellent appetite.

    What Happened to Inger Johanne Dikken Zwilgmeyer
  • In the very end of the long woodshed stood a chicken-feed bin.

    The Adventures of Bobby Orde Stewart Edward White
  • Oh, that was simply his humorous way of saying that all coins under a dime are fit only for chicken-feed.

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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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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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