spring chicken


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spring chicken

n.
1. A young chicken, especially one from two to ten months old, having tender meat.
2. Slang A young person.

spring chicken

n
1. (Cookery) chiefly Also called: springer US and Canadian a young chicken, tender for cooking, esp one from two to ten months old
2. she is no spring chicken informal she is no longer young

spring′ chick′en


n.
1. a young chicken, esp. a broiler or fryer.
2. Slang. a young person.
[1835–45, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spring chicken - a young person (especially a young man or boy)spring chicken - a young person (especially a young man or boy)
juvenile, juvenile person - a young person, not fully developed
blade - a dashing young man; "gay young blades bragged of their amorous adventures"
hobbledehoy - an awkward bad-mannered adolescent boy
pup, puppy - an inexperienced young person
school-age child, schoolchild, pupil - a young person attending school (up through senior high school)
slip - a young and slender person; "he's a mere slip of a lad"
2.spring chicken - a young chicken having tender meat
Gallus gallus, chicken - a domestic fowl bred for flesh or eggs; believed to have been developed from the red jungle fowl
References in classic literature ?
'A bit of fish,' said John to the cook, 'and some lamb chops (breaded, with plenty of ketchup), and a good salad, and a roast spring chicken, with a dish of sausages and mashed potatoes, or something of that sort.' Something of that sort!
The doctor had put him on a diet, and he had to be satisfied with a small hare dressed with a dozen young and tender spring chickens. After the hare, he ordered some partridges, a few pheasants, a couple of rabbits, and a dozen frogs and lizards.
a man can't keep his functions regular on spring chickens thirteen hundred years old.
"You're still a spring chicken. You look great for your age."
The size of the spring chicken, at 2 1/2 pounds, was just right for us seven hungry children.
And that's exactly what I've done today for my one-pot spring chicken dish.
At 40 years old, Pacquiao is obviously no spring chicken, and his team has made the proper adjustments to make sure his body won't succumb to the daily grind of training.
But after the ops, on both legs, the green-fingered star told how he now feels like a "spring chicken" again.
Also worth mentioning among the restaurant's main dishes is their organic spring chicken cacciatore, a classic Italian dish cooked in tomato sauce and a variety of herbs.
I don't mean calling him old - he's no spring chicken after all - but the other two words he used are ones you usually frown on I think.
Signing for Boro in a deal currently worth PS5.5m and on a five-year contract; that is quite a long contract for a player who, at 30, is no longer a spring chicken in footballing terms.