chicken feed


Definition of chicken feed

: a paltry sum (as in profits or wages)

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The project cost almost a million dollars, which isn't exactly chicken feed. Ten bucks? That's chicken feed!
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Once a ‘Total Valley Girl,’ She’s Now Saving Wild Mustangs on a Montana Ranch," 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, "Ick or treat? 7 strange facts about candy corn," 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, "Doyel: Bummer Indy 500 won't run in May, but we have bigger problems," 26 Mar. 2020 Poultry farmers are warning that supplies of chicken feed are running low because of transport restrictions and that millions of birds could die as a result. Raymond Zhong, New York Times, "$9 Cabbages, Emergency Pork: Coronavirus Tests China on Food," 10 Mar. 2020 The company makes high-quality dog foods and treats, horse food, chicken feed. Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, "Texas man eats dog food for 30 days to show his company's chow is fit for Fido," 3 Feb. 2020 The 330 million or so users on Twitter now are chicken feed for Facebook. Steven Levy, Wired, "The Alternate Universe Where Facebook Bought Twitter," 6 Mar. 2020 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

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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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13 Jan 2021

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“Chicken feed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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