Chicken Feed

Everyone knows that the expression "chicken feed" means a small amount of money. But where did the expression come from?

According to the American Heritage Dictionary, the expression came into existence in the early 1800's. Apparently, people recognized that chickens could eat corn and wheat grains too small for other uses.  Hence, chicken feed came to mean something very small or trifling.

"I don't know about you, but I love chicken feed"


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