One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1mass noun Food for poultry.
- ‘The researchers, who are patenting their chicken feed, say they'll have the super-healthy eggs in stores as soon as they sign up with a suitable farm.’
- ‘She picked up the bag of chicken feed and started tossing it about to the chickens that had gathered about her feet.’
- ‘In this instance, the dioxin source was traced to contaminated animal fats that had been added to chicken feed and other animal feedstuffs.’
- ‘We shell corn from the center of the biggest ears, leaving the small rounded seeds on the ends for corn meal or chicken feed.’
- ‘The researchers traced the dioxin to chicken feed, specifically soybean meal.’
- ‘The rabbits come around to eat the spilled chicken feed after the feed truck comes to fill up the silos.’
- ‘Since returning to his plot in October his hut has been burnt down and he has lost tools, milk churns and chicken feed totalling well over £100.’
- ‘She turned and hurried to the counter where the clerk was ringing up the last of the chicken feed.’
- ‘Paradoxically, the factory was used to develop revolutionary chicken feed to increase the weight of chickens with greater, industrial efficiency.’
- ‘The researchers hope to find more beneficial bacteria and eventually reduce the need for antibiotics in chicken feed.’
- 1.1informal A ridiculously small sum of money.‘the pay was chicken feed for the work I put in’
very small sum, pittance, trifle, trifling sum, drop in the ocean, insignificant sum, derisory sum, paltry sumView synonyms
- ‘Set against that, the cost of hiring a studio for a week and a couple of producers is chicken feed.’
- ‘But this is chicken feed compared to the loss of earnings for a year of full-time study.’
- ‘Surely it's not for the £500,000 paid for the serialisation rights - pure chicken feed to Britain's richest footballer.’
- ‘But that absolutely is chicken feed compared to the numbers that will be paid through a highly negotiated collective arrangement.’
- ‘If the member calls $20 million chicken feed, then the Government should be paying the extra $16 million.’
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