spring chicken

noun
1.
a young chicken, especially a broiler or fryer.
2.
Slang. a young person: I don't know his age, but he's no spring chicken.

Origin:
1835–45, Americanism

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spring chicken
 
n
1.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) Also called: springer a young chicken, tender for cooking, esp one from two to ten months old
2.  informal she is no spring chicken she is no longer young

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spring chicken definition


  1. n.
    a young and naive person, especially a young woman. (Usually in the negative.) : Well, I may not be a spring chicken, but I got some spizzerinktum left.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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spring chicken

see no spring chicken.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
Begin with such delights as apple curry soup with baked spring chicken or lobster soup with angler fish and mango cream.
The popularity of spring chicken suggested that a market existed for establishing a year-round supply of chicken meat.
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