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spring chicken

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noun
  1. a young chicken, especially a broiler or fryer.
  2. Slang. a young person: I don't know his age, but he's no spring chicken.
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Origin of spring chicken

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45
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Examples from the Web for spring chicken

Historical Examples

  • "You may get up to spring-chicken country soon, now," said Bader.

    Old Man Savarin and Other Stories

    Edward William Thomson


British Dictionary definitions for spring chicken

spring chicken

noun
  1. Also called: springer mainly US and Canadian a young chicken, tender for cooking, esp one from two to ten months old
  2. she is no spring chicken informal she is no longer young
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Idioms and Phrases with spring chicken

spring chicken

see no spring chicken.

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