spring chicken


Definition of spring chicken

: a young person is no spring chicken

Examples of spring chicken in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While no spring chicken at 33-years-old, Mandzukic would come in as a temporary fix to those striking difficulties on a deal that's length has not been specified. SI.com, "Mario Mandzukic Reaches 'Verbal Agreement' With Man Utd Over Surprise January Switch," 10 Oct. 2019 House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise (both 54) are spring chickens by today’s standards. Thomas E.l. Dewey, WSJ, "Senior Leaders on the Hill—and Over It," 22 Jan. 2020 Furthermore, Gerard Pique is no spring chicken, and edges closer and closer to the end of his career. SI.com, "Clement Lenglet's Agent Confirms Barcelona Target's Future Will Be Decided This Weekend," 29 June 2018 The German is set to retire at the end of this term while Koscielny, at 32 years of age, is no spring chicken - a factor which would leave Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding as the club's only two senior centre-halves. SI.com, "Arsenal Scouts Run Rule Over £30m Rated Freiburg Ace Ahead of Possible Summer Swoop," 29 Mar. 2018 The skinny: 3B Josh Donaldson, 32, is a spring chicken compared with some in this lineup: LF Curtis Granderson, 37; C Russell Martin, 35; and DH Kendrys Morales, 34. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, "2018 American League preview capsules," 24 Mar. 2018 Peters tips the number, but center Jason Kelce (30), guards Stefen Wisniewski (29) and Brandon Brooks (29), and even Johnson (28) aren’t spring chickens anymore. Jeff Mclane, Philly.com, "Will Eagles finally find Jason Peters' replacement in NFL draft?," 25 Apr. 2018 His daughter Najin, 28, and granddaughter, Fatu, 17, are considered spring chickens. Faith Karimi, CNN, "The world's last male northern white rhino is dead. Now what?," 20 Mar. 2018 Then again, recent studies have claimed to find evidence of life from 3.7 or even 3.95 billion years ago—and that would make 3.47 billion-year-old lifeforms comparative spring chickens. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Hotly debated 3.5 billion-year-old microbe fossils get another look," 3 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of spring chicken

1857, in the meaning defined above

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“Spring chicken.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spring%20chicken. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of spring chicken

informal + humorous : a young person

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