1895, in the meaning defined above
from the fable in which a chick attempts to warn other barnyard animals that the sky is falling after she is struck on the head by a chance falling object
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“Chicken Little.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Chicken%20Little. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.
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