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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
1835-1845
1835-45, Americanism
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Examples for spring chicken
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for spring chicken

spring chicken

noun
1.
(mainly 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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Slang definitions & phrases for spring chicken

spring chicken

noun phrase

A young person, esp a woman: Maggie Smith is the spring chicken among them

Related Terms

no spring chicken

[1906+; fr the market name for a small young chicken]


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 spring chicken
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