chicken feed

noun

Definition of chicken feed

slang
: a paltry sum (as in profits or wages)

Examples of chicken feed in a Sentence

The project cost almost a million dollars, which isn't exactly chicken feed. Ten bucks? That's chicken feed!
Recent Examples on the Web High demand for chicken feed is also a factor in rising costs, with some in the UK claiming chicken could soon be as expensive as beef. Clarisa Diaz, Quartz, 10 May 2022 Skyrocketing prices of grain and chicken feed, along with pandemic plant closures, mean even fewer chickens are available in the broader market. Noah Sheidlower, NBC News, 14 Apr. 2022 One of the major components of chicken feed is soy, which is extremely cheap and widely used across the world. Matt Reynolds, Wired, 15 Feb. 2022 The insects will be fed waste from Morrison’s fruit and vegetable processing site in the U.K. and will replace soya as a source of protein in the group’s chicken feed. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 8 Dec. 2021 Candy corn was designed to look like chicken feed, since at the time candy corn first emerged, about half of Americans worked on farms. Noah Sheidlower And Radhika Marya, CNN, 31 Oct. 2021 Johnston had witnessed firsthand the brutal eradication of mustangs and other breeds, which were rounded up, hog tied, and slaughtered for chicken feed and fertilizer. Sunset Magazine, 4 Jan. 2021 When candy corn first came out, roughly half of Americans worked on farms, and the treat was designed to look like chicken feed. Brandon Griggs And Christina Maxouris, CNN, 31 Oct. 2020 On the surface, that sounds like turning two lumps of chicken feed into one big serving of chicken salad. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, 26 Mar. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of chicken feed

1834, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chicken feed was in 1834

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Last Updated

25 May 2022

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“Chicken feed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chicken%20feed. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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