spring chicken

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n spring chicken a young chicken having tender meat
    • n spring chicken a young person (especially a young man or boy)
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Idioms

No spring chicken - If someone is no spring chicken, they are not young.
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Spring chicken - Someone who's a spring chicken is very young, often inexperienced.
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Usage

In literature:

Spring Chicken had remained passive during the recital of the more sober worldling.
"Four Years in Rebel Capitals" by T. C. DeLeon
Chicken Little has been fretting all spring to go out in the rain.
"Chicken Little Jane" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
Lots o' young men among us, and you're no spring chicken, by the looks o' you.
"The Wreck of the Titan" by Morgan Robertson
What was more, back on Shoal's Fork there was always fried chicken in the spring.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
You could pick it and sell it to somebody that owes you, for a spring chicken.
"The Grocery Man And Peck's Bad Boy Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa, No. 2 - 1883" by George W. Peck
Finally she asked him if he wouldn't take her to a restaurant and buy her a spring chicken and a small bottle.
"Peck's Sunshine Being a Collection of Articles Written for Peck's Sun, Milwaukee, Wis. - 1882" by George W. Peck
She was as gaunt as a plucked spring chicken, and her cheap, gaudy clothes might have been thrown on her.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
Mornin ain't no spring chicken.
"In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Spring chickens are used for broilers and for sauteed dishes.
"American Cookery" by Various
To Gilly it will be crow-pie, but to us it will be spring chicken.
"Girl Scouts in the Adirondacks" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
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In poetry:

" I guessed you'd be hungry!" the farmer said,
" So I've done the best I can do,
Here's a couple of nice roast —young spring chickens,
And I KILLED 'EM BOTH —for you!"
"The Travellers aka Twas a Dark and Stormy Night! (with knobs on)" by T W Connor

In news:

Chicken enchilada pie served with sauteed summer squash and spring greens.
Enlarge Jim Olexa, Sun News Assistant Manager Tom Ankrum with, from left, beef pho, a rice vermicelli bowl with shrimp, beef and spring roll, and grilled chicken salad.
Neil Jaikaran, manager at S'ghetti Eddie's on Cold Spring Lane, holds the Chicken and Broccoli, left, and Eggplant Napoleon.
The tart marinade of the chicken complements the sweetness of seasonal fruits in Lime Marinated Chicken on Fruited Spring Greens.
8 & $20 Recipe: Roast Chicken and Asparagus Spring Salad with Sauvignon Blanc .
A Spring Chicken Becomes a Star.
The news pages of Style this spring devoted 1,691 words to a chicken.
Restaurant critic Leslie Brenner deconstructs Bolsa's fresh spring chicken .
Spring chives star in a dinner of chicken breast in a creamy sauce, smashed potatoes and sauteed cherry tomatoes.
Grilled Chicken and Avocado Spring Rolls.
A select number of Bonita Springs residents will be allowed to keep chickens outside their homes as part of an experimental pilot program approved by City Council on Wednesday night.
Add chicken breasts and cook just until the thickest part springs back when pressed (about three minutes per side).
The Festival Choral Society will host a chicken and noodle dinner from 5 pm to 7 pm on Sept 29 at the Spring Hill Baptist Church, 406 W Nichols.
Arab Spring Chickens Come Home To Roost.
I'm no spring chicken, Annie.
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