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chicken feed

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noun Slang.
  1. an insignificant sum of money: He's so rich that $1000 is chicken feed to him.
  2. small change, as pennies and nickels.
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Origin of chicken feed

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40
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Historical Examples

  • There was corn in the barn, and chicken-feed in the yard, and fruit in the garden.

    Bannertail

    Ernest Thompson Seton

  • Hugh was obviously small money, and Allen had no time to waste on chicken-feed, but Winsor was a different matter.

    The Plastic Age

    Percy Marks

  • Well, Dr. Filhiol, there, fed his nag enough of our chicken-feed to last us a week.

    Cursed

    George Allan England

  • I thought that, when compared with the clamorous west, we were raising only chicken-feed, and hardly enough of that.

    In Pastures Green

    Peter McArthur

  • Rats and mice and such small deer, as Shakespeare has it, chicken-feed of the larder they might be called.

    Dracula

    Bram Stoker


British Dictionary definitions for chicken feed

chicken feed

noun
  1. slang a trifling amount of money
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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. [Slang; early 1800s]

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