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 Juliet — no spring chicken — should have found a lifelong mate years ago, according to Neiva Guedes, president of the Hyacinth Macaw Institute, an environmental group. David Biller, Star Tribune, 7 May 2021 Entrée items are spring chicken cobb salad, pan-seared salmon niçoise or vegetarian spring salad. Susan Dunne, courant.com, 29 Apr. 2021 Though not a spring chicken anymore, Foreman is still more than confident in his ability to defend himself, and win, in the ring. Jonathan Saxon, The Courier-Journal, 4 Mar. 2021 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, 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, 22 Jan. 2020 Furthermore, Gerard Pique is no spring chicken, and edges closer and closer to the end of his career. SI.com, 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, 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, 24 Mar. 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 29 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of spring chicken

: a young person


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