spring chicken


: a young person
is no spring chicken

Examples of spring chicken in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Pixel Watch 2 is expected to come out by the end of the year, and by then, the Snapdragon W5 SoC will be no spring chicken either. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 31 May 2023 Though its participants are not spring chickens, their lives are also far from over. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 8 Nov. 2023 And, though no spring chickens, Brian Eno and Jai Paul are marking fall with their first-ever solo tours. Madison Bloom, Pitchfork, 12 Sep. 2023 Yet Ertz is a spring chicken compared with Megan Rapinoe who, at 38, is the oldest woman on the U.S. roster and one of 10 players older than 30. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 11 July 2023 At 51, de León would have been a spring chicken by Senate standards. Pablo Manríquez, The New Republic, 11 May 2023 Abbott was 63 at the time, a relative spring chicken. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2023 That said, Trump, who is also in the running, is no spring chicken at age 76. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, 25 Apr. 2023 Orton is still just 42 years old, which is like a spring chicken in pro wrestling these days. Blake Oestriecher, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spring chicken was in 1857

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“Spring chicken.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spring%20chicken. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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