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hen tracks

plural noun, Slang.
illegible or barely legible handwriting.
Also called hen scratches.
Origin of hen tracks
1905-10, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Any one who has noticed the number of hen-tracks in a poultry yard will appreciate this delicate performance.

    Spinifex and Sand David W Carnegie
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hen tracks

noun phrase

(Variations: chicken may replace hen; scratches or scratchings may replace tracks) Illegible handwriting; scrawl (1907+)

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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