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chicken scratch

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chicken scratch


  1. Illegible handwriting resembling the marks left by chicken feet on the ground: can't read his chicken scratch on the grocery list vchicken-shitx modifier1Contemptible; trivial;petty (1930s+) 2: a chicken-shit requirement/ chicken-shit new task force (WWI armed forces, but esp WWII) 3 Cowardly; chicken (1940s+)
  2. The rules, restrictions, rigors, and meanness of a minor and pretentious tyrant, or of a bureaucracy: The new regulations are so many parcels of chicken shit (WWI armed forces, but esp WWII)
  3. An excessive display of authority; a hectoring insistence (WWI armed forces, but esp WWII)
  4. A coward (1940s+)
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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