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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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    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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    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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    Re: I am no chicken.

    Okay, thanks a lot guy:)


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    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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    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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    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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    Re: I am no chicken.

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


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    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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    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?
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