chicken-and-egg

adjective

Definition of chicken-and-egg

:of, relating to, or being a cause-and-effect dilemma

Origin and Etymology of chicken-and-egg

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


CHICKEN-AND-EGG Defined for English Language Learners

chicken-and-egg

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Definition of chicken-and-egg for English Language Learners

  • —used to describe a situation in which it is difficult to tell which of two things happened first


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