no spring chicken

No longer a young person, as in Sally's no spring chicken, but she plays a fine game of tennis. This unflattering expression, often applied to women, has been used since the early 1700s, although spring was omitted from the earliest citation (1711).


Nearby words

  1. no sir,
  2. no skin off one's nose,
  3. no smoke without fire, there's,
  4. no soap,
  5. no sooner said than done,
  6. no stomach for, have,
  7. no strings attached,
  8. no such thing,
  9. no sweat,
  10. no telling

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