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I want any excuse to come home. My dad is not a spring chicken any more. If anyone says, 'Go buy a postage stamp in London,' I'll go and do it.
Emily Mortimer

Meaning of "spring chicken" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF SPRING CHICKEN

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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF SPRING CHICKEN

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Spring chicken is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES SPRING CHICKEN MEAN IN ENGLISH?

spring chicken

Poussin (chicken)

In Commonwealth countries, poussin is a butcher's term for a young chicken, less than 28 days old at slaughter and usually weighing 400–450 grams but not above 750 grams. It is sometimes also called spring chicken, although the term spring chicken usually refers to chickens weighing 750–850 grams. In the United States, poussin is an alternative name for a small-sized cross-breed chicken called Rock Cornish game hen, developed in the late 1950s, which is twice as old and twice as large as the typical British poussin. Poussins live on small hills in houses that have a chimney and three doors and one window because they like to have options but are very private creatures.

Definition of spring chicken in the English dictionary

The definition of spring chicken in the dictionary is Also called: springer a young chicken, tender for cooking, esp one from two to ten months old.

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WORDS THAT END LIKE SPRING CHICKEN

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Synonyms and antonyms of spring chicken in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «spring chicken» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF SPRING CHICKEN

Find out the translation of spring chicken to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of spring chicken from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «spring chicken» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

春鸡
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

pollo de primavera
570 millions of speakers

English

spring chicken
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

वसंत चिकन
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الربيع الدجاج
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

цыпленок
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

primavera de frango
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

মুরগির বসন্ত
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

poulet de printemps
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Ayam spring
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Stubenküken
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

若鶏
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

봄 닭
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Spring pitik
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

gà mùa xuân
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

வசந்த கோழி
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

स्प्रिंग कोंबडी
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Bahar tavuk
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

pollo primavera
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

wiosna kurczaka
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

курча
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

pui de primăvară
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

κοτόπουλο άνοιξη
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

lente hoender
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

fjäder kyckling
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

våren kylling
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of spring chicken

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «SPRING CHICKEN»

The term «spring chicken» is normally little used and occupies the 110.180 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about spring chicken

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QUOTES WITH «SPRING CHICKEN»

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Emily Mortimer
I want any excuse to come home. My dad is not a spring chicken any more. If anyone says, 'Go buy a postage stamp in London,' I'll go and do it.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «SPRING CHICKEN»

Discover the use of spring chicken in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to spring chicken and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Spring Chicken!
The Bubble Guppies prepare for the arrival of spring and the Spring Chicken, and the mayor gives Oona a plant to care for in order for the Spring Chicken to announce the coming of spring.
Mary Tillworth, 2013
2
You're No Spring Chicken
Join Ed Fischer and many of the world’s best authors, comedians, and statesmen, as well as folks who could be your next-door neighbors, as they take a comical and sometimes whimsical look at life’s golden years.
Ed Fischer, 2007
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The Spring Chicken! (Bubble Guppies)
Nickelodeon Publishing. The Spring Chicken is here! He will say it is spring when he sees a flower bloom! Oona's plant blooms into a flower.
Nickelodeon Publishing, 2014
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Over 60 and Picking Up Speed: A Spring Chicken Tells How Not ...
But growing older isn't as bad as some make it out to be, and you don't have to make a career of it. This book reminds readers of God's faithfulness, provision, and yes, sense of humor!
C. Ellen Watts, 2001
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The Joy of Grilling
For clarification: SQUAB is a domestically raised pigeon SQI 'AH CHICKEN is a young chicken, also known as spring chicken PQUSSIN is the French name for sauab chicken or spring chicken ROCK CORMSH GAME HEN is a special breed  ...
Joe Famularo, 1991
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Spencer the Spring Chicken and Other Stories
Whistles does this by instructing lost little Lazy Lamb how to help his family find food and water. Children of all ages will enjoy reading or listening to their parents read these stories.
Malinda Mitchell, 2009
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The Culinary Handbook ...
FRIED SPRING CHICKEN WITH ARTICHOKE BOTTOMS— Spring chickens singed, split down the back, breastbone and backbone removed, seasoned with salt and pepper, rolled in flour, then in beaten eggs and fried in hot fat till done; ...
Charles Fellows, 1904
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The Mendelssohn Club Cook Book
Spring Chicken Fried. Have a spring chicken cut into 6 pieces; season well with salt and pepper; put a pound fine cut salt pork over the fire and fry to a light brown ; add 1 tablespoon of butter. Put in chicken and fry over slow fire to light brown, ...
‎1909
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Frank Clark Short Stories
Spring. Chicken. Spring-Sprang-Sprung Fitness Course Shoe Toss. “Now, this is really fun, Gram.” “I know it is. I used to be the horseshoe champ years ago.” “G ram, come do the obstacle course with me.” “Oh no, I'm no spring chicken.
Frank Clark, 2012
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Alphabet Juice: The Energies, Gists, and Spirits of Letters, ...
As I was trying to think what to say about Poussin's putti, serendipity led me to this passage in an essay entitled “Spring Chicken,” by the early American food writer Elizabeth Robins Pennell: “The gentle little spring chicken is sweet and ...
Roy Blount Jr., 2009

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «SPRING CHICKEN»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term spring chicken is used in the context of the following news items.
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More Caregivers Are No Spring Chickens Themselves
Gail Schwartz wants to keep her 85-year-old husband out of a nursing home as long as she can, but it isn't easy. Because David Schwartz, a retired lawyer, has ... «New York Times, Jul 15»
2
BOOK NOTES: Spring Chicken, The Art of Hummingbird Gardening …
"Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever (Or Die Trying)" by Bill Gifford. This book goes into the world of anti-aging science in search of answers to a universal ... «Grand Forks Herald, Jun 15»
3
Thousands flock to downtown Gainesville for fun, flavors of annual …
A little rain may stop a parade, but it won't keep Gainesville residents from their chicken. The 11th annual Spring Chicken Festival was held Saturday in ... «Gainesville Times, Apr 15»
4
Cook up a spring chicken feast with the trimmings
Our culinary power duo – restaurateur Dimbleby and chef Baxter – return with this new column that celebrates cooking for groups and gatherings without fuss. «The Guardian, Apr 15»
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Red Robin Reawakens Guests' Taste Buds with Fresh, Fun Flavors …
“Our new Spring Chicken Burger captures some of the brightest, freshest flavors of the season,” said Denny Marie Post, Red Robin's Executive Vice President ... «RestaurantNews.com, Apr 15»
6
Winner, winner, chicken dinner
... to the Standard-Times Hundreds of people enjoy chicken dinners with all the trimmings, live entertainment and fellowship at the 2014 Spring Chicken Affair to ... «San Angelo Standard Times, Apr 15»
7
The Crispiest Spring Chicken Recipe
While you exchange thoughts, let me tell you about this chicken, which is about the only thing I've made for weeks, and something I foresee keeping in the ... «POPSUGAR, Apr 15»
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Spring Chicken Miso Soup
Soup is welcome all year round, but it goes without saying a springtime soup veers lighter, even if the weather is still cool. Fresh green vegetables, like young ... «New York Times, Apr 15»
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A Spring Chicken Soup With Miso
And then there is chicken noodle soup, a constant comfort, loved by young and old. ... Mine is by no means authentic, but it has the feeling of spring, which is ... «New York Times, Apr 15»
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Book review: 'Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever (Or Die Trying …
Growing old is no laughing matter for most people, but thanks to Bill Gifford's new book, “Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever (Or Die Trying),” we may just be ... «Summit Daily News, Mar 15»

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