One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to a series of dinner and lunch appearances made by a politician or other public figures.‘candidates pleading for money on the rubber-chicken circuit’
- ‘Bill Clinton talked about Jesus more often than Mr Bush and has spoken in more churches than Mr Bush has had rubber-chicken dinners.’
- ‘For years, he was the darling of the Tory rubber-chicken circuit, the party cheerleader who had more invitations to boost morale by speaking at dinners than all the Conservative grandees put together.’
- ‘Had he survived, in retirement he certainly would have had no difficulty in well exceeding his First Ministerial salary on the rubber-chicken circuit.’
- ‘‘Wowing them in Davos isn't the same as wowing them on the rubber-chicken circuit,’ says Linda L. Fowler, a government professor at Dartmouth College.’
- ‘We didn't take any trains, but there were definitely planes and automobiles as we motored from a rubber-chicken lunch to a bad-news urban park in Washington, then jetted to a dinner back at the office in Atlanta, all in about three hours.’
- ‘Still, Edwards is quietly working the rubber-chicken circuit.’
- ‘I've heard he doesn't interview well, he doesn't want to deal with boosters on the rubber-chicken circuit.’
- ‘For that, he has earned the right to charge $100,000 a pop on the rubber-chicken circuit, spill his guts in a multimillion-dollar book deal, and do who knows what else to rake in the dough.’
- ‘After-dinner speaking is the one constant in his career - television, theatre, teddy bears come and go, but he has always served his time on the rubber-chicken circuit.’
- ‘And while it was easy to visualize him making uplifting speeches over rubber-chicken benefit dinners, it also was possible to imagine a retired governor coasting through with his feet on the desk.’
1950s: so called because of the mediocre food typically served at such functions.
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