[ chik-uhn-uhn-eg, -uhnd- ]
/ ˈtʃɪk ən ənˈɛg, -ənd- /
of, relating to, or being a dilemma of which of two things came first or of which is the cause and which the effect: a chicken-and-egg question of whether matter or energy is the basis of the universe.
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Also chick·en-or-egg [chik-uhn-er-eg]. /ˈtʃɪk ən ərˈɛg/.
Origin of chicken-and-egg
First recorded in 1955–60
Words nearby chicken-and-egg
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Example sentences from the Web for chicken-and-egg
“It is a chicken-and-egg thing,” says one senior Western diplomat in Doha.