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    Question I am no chicken.

    I really want to ask if anybody knows the meaning of the phrase "I am no chicken". I found this when I was reading the series of Sherlock Holmes. If anbody knows, please tell.

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    Default Re: I am no chicken.

    I think this relates to chicken heart which means that I am not a coward person.

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    Default Re: I am no chicken.

    I am no chicken = I am not very young

    I am not chicken = I am not afraid.

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    Default Re: I am no chicken.

    Okay, thanks a lot guy:)

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    Default Re: I am no chicken.

    I thought the phrase "I am no spring chicken" was equal to "I am not young".

    I agree that describing a person as a chicken means they are afraid.

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    Default Re: I am no chicken.

    [QUOTE=benmoore;526628]I thought the phrase "I am no spring chicken" was equal to "I am not young".

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    I believe that is what I said

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    Default Re: I am no chicken.

    I believe that is what I said
    You missed out the 'spring' bit! 'Spring' as in newborn..

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    Default Re: I am no chicken.

    Yes, it does not carry the Hong Kong meaning of prostitute.

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    Default Re: I am no chicken.

    Quote Originally Posted by Billy321 View Post
    You missed out the 'spring' bit! 'Spring' as in newborn..

    It is not set in concrete. The idiom can be with or without Spring.

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    Default Re: I am no chicken.

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    It is not set in concrete. The idiom can be with or without Spring.



    Thanks.....and can it be used against the idea of "chicken out"? I mean, is it used at such occasions where you want to show you haven't backed out?
    Last edited by Mehrgan; 25-Oct-2009 at 00:46.

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