chick·​en-and-egg ˈchi-kᵊn-ən(d)-ˈeg How to pronounce chicken-and-egg (audio)
: of, relating to, or being a cause-and-effect dilemma

Examples of chicken-and-egg in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The dynamic reflects something of a chicken-and-egg situation for automakers: Their ability to push electric vehicles beyond early adopters hinges on second-wave buyers in a broader swath of states. Bloomberg, Orange County Register, 31 May 2024 This chicken-and-egg situation is characteristic of the overall frustrations of the Matter rollout to date. Jennifer Pattison Tuohy, The Verge, 9 Apr. 2024 Eldercare is another hurdle in labor force participation for women, Grein says, but its exact relationship to pay differences creates a chicken-and-egg question. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 16 Mar. 2024 But there’s a chicken-and-egg problem at the heart of Gogoro’s model, which could complicate its expansion. Lionel Lim, Fortune Asia, 2 Feb. 2024 That presents a vexing chicken-and-egg problem: Without possession of the SCBK, the control panel has no means to securely encrypt the key before sending said key to the new reader. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 9 Aug. 2023 In short, preparing for the next phase of the war has become a chicken-and-egg problem between Kyiv and Washington. Jack Watling, Foreign Affairs, 3 Jan. 2024 For young people, however, beauty standards and beauty filters present a chicken-and-egg conundrum. Tatum Hunter, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2023 The Biden administration took a step to address that chicken-and-egg problem Monday with the announcement of a $100 million grant program aimed at subsidizing carbon recycling purchases by state and local governments, as well as public utilities. Allyson Finch Wilson, NBC News, 29 July 2023

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Word History


from the proverbial question "which came first, the chicken or the egg?"

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chicken-and-egg was in 1857

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“Chicken-and-egg.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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