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noun Slang.

an insignificant sum of money: He's so rich that $1000 is chicken feed to him.
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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British Dictionary definitions for chicken feed

chicken feed

noun

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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