Definition of chicken noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    chicken

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//ˈtʃɪkən//
     
     
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  1. 1[countable] a large bird that is often kept for its eggs or meat They keep chickens in the back yard. free-range chickens compare rooster, hen
  2. 2 [uncountable] meat from a chicken fried/roast chicken chicken stock/soup chicken breasts/livers/thighs chicken and dumplings see also spring chicken
  3. Idioms
    a chicken-and-egg situation, problem, etc.
     
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    a situation in which it is difficult to tell which one of two things was the cause of the other
    something comes home to roost(also the chickens come home to roost)
     
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    used to say that if someone says or does something bad or wrong, it will affect them badly in the future
    don't count your chickens (before they are hatched)(saying)
     
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    you should not be too confident that something will be successful, because something may still go wrong
    play chicken
     
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    to play a game in which people do something dangerous for as long as they can to show how brave they are. The person who stops first has lost the game. The children had been playing chicken by running across the railway line.
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