613 – Chicken Idioms


Idioms are a big part of the English language, and you can hear them all the time in television programs, movies, and in your everyday conversations. In this lesson, let’s take a look at six different idioms that use the word chicken. Let’s check them out.

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  • I don’t go to dance clubs anymore because I’m no spring chicken.
  • Hey! You’re no spring chicken! You shouldn’t be spending three hours every day on the treadmill.
  • Grandpa is no spring chicken, but he does seem to enjoy learning new things.
  • Go ahead! Ask her for a date! Don’t be such a chicken.
  • I really want to ask my boss for a raise but I think I’m too chicken to do that.
  • I know that I’m a chicken and that’s why I’m way too chicken to ride that roller coaster.
  • I was going to ask her for a date, but I chickened out.
  • Jack was planning on asking his boss for a raise, but uh, seems like   he chickened out of it during the meeting.
  • At the amusement park, I waited on line for like 30 minutes for the roller coaster, but in the end, I chickened out.
  • The teacher told me that she wants me to rewrite my essay because according to her, the paper that I turned in yesterday was full of chicken scratching.
  • I took notes during the conference, but I…I can’t read my own chicken scratching.
  • Is that your signature? It looks like chicken scratching to me.
  • Even though grandpa is retired he still wakes up with the chickens.
  • I have to wake up with the chickens every morning because I have to walk my dogs.
  • Bobby is a construction worker and he always wakes up with the chickens.
  • Jenny’s mother was very nervous on her wedding day and she spent the whole morning running around like a chicken with its head cut off.
  • OK, Instead of running the a chicken with its head cut off, why don’t we sit down and try to work out the problem.
  • When it came time to bringing his pregnant wife to the hospital to deliver the baby, Fred was running around like a chicken with its head cut off, even though they had rehearsed what to do.

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