chicken feed


Definition of chicken feed

: a paltry sum (as in profits or wages)

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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 Officials said the bear had been visiting Ocala Springs Elementary School at night for weeks and eating chicken feed used by the school’s agriculture club. USA TODAY, "Baby elephant, cougars, dognapper, burning treehouse: News from around our 50 states," 24 Oct. 2019 That’s not chicken feed, especially for a guy on a budget like Huddy, an aircraft mechanic. Dan Horn,, "Politics or bad break? How one man's tax bill became a headache for Auditor Dusty Rhodes," 18 June 2018 Big Morongo Feed and Tack in Morongo Valley has always specialized in alfalfa hay pellets, chicken feed and exotic hens, but is carving out a new niche business by offering 20-foot shipping containers for $2,900, including delivery. Louis Sahagun,, "Joshua Tree was once a sleepy high desert community. Now it's a vacation rental destination," 4 June 2018 Countless insects also hovered around chicken feeds and throughout the farm. Kristine Phillips,, "Egg farm responsible for salmonella outbreak had 'unacceptable rodent activity,' FDA report says," 16 May 2018 In 1960, Kennard was falsely charged with taking part in the theft of chicken feed, and was convicted and sentenced to seven years at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. Fox News, "Mississippi college giving posthumous degree to black vet," 5 May 2018 Within the context of $56 trillion of spending over 10 years, $300 billion is relative chicken feed. Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, "Dissecting House Speaker Ryan’s remarks on deficits and spending," 18 Apr. 2018 Organic eggs must come from uncaged chickens fed an organic diet and given outdoor access (though a Washington Post investigation found some iffy interpretation of that rule). Becky Krystal, charlotteobserver, "Getting ready to buy supermarket eggs? Here’s what you need to know at the store," 27 Mar. 2018 Organic eggs must come from uncaged chickens fed an organic diet and given outdoor access (though a Washington Post investigation found some iffy interpretation of that rule). Becky Krystal, Houston Chronicle, "So many cartons, so little time: A guide to grocery-store eggs," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of chicken feed

1836, in the meaning defined above

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“Chicken feed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of chicken feed

informal : an amount of money that is too small to be considered important

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