chicken feed

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chicken feed

Trifling amount of money, as in I'm not going to mow lawns for $5 an hourthat's chicken feed. This expression alludes to the fact that chickens can be fed corn and wheat grains too small for other uses. [Slang; early 1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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