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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
An Americanism dating back to 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for chicken feed
Historical Examples
  • "No chicken feed for me," he would say when they were set before him.

    Roads of Destiny

    O. Henry
  • "Salt away that chicken feed in your duds, and skip along," says Buck.

  • Sunflowers are easy to grow and their heads hold a tremendous lot of chicken feed.

  • "I owe you sixty-nine cents for chicken feed, Gramps," Bud said, looking back at his figures.

    The Black Fawn James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • This chicken feed consists of the foreign seeds, the tares, which grow up with the wheat, and which are separated before milling.

  • Misakyab ku sa sabud sa mga manuk, I threw the chicken feed to the chickens.

  • For this reason this plant is hated by the Syrians, although they use tares very extensively as chicken feed.

    The Syrian Christ Abraham Mitrie Rihbany
  • Every drop of blood is saved in this factory, being dried and made into chicken feed or something else that is useful.

    Birdseye Views of Far Lands James T. Nichols
  • Yep; a pinch of chicken feed and wot felt like about four one-bone bills.

    The Life of the Party Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • Darnel seeds aren't good for much except as chicken feed or to burn to prevent the spread of this weed.

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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