no spring chicken

no spring chicken

slang Not youthful. A "spring chicken" is in fact a young chicken. I'm no spring chicken, so I can't stay out till 2 AM drinking and dancing anymore.
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no spring chicken

Fig. a person well past youth; an old person. That actress is no spring chicken, but she does a pretty good job of playing a twenty-year-old girl. Jane: How old do you think Robert is? Jill: Well, he's certainly no spring chicken.
See also: chicken, no, spring

no spring chicken

No longer a young person, as in Sally's no spring chicken, but she plays a fine game of tennis. This unflattering expression, often applied to women, has been used since the early 1700s, although spring was omitted from the earliest citation (1711).
See also: chicken, no, spring

no spring chicken

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not a spring chicken

If someone is no spring chicken or is not a spring chicken, they are no longer young. At 51, she's certainly no spring chicken. At 85, he's not a spring chicken, but Enrico Cuccia is busier than ever. Note: If you describe someone as a spring chicken, you mean that they are young. By comparison with the others, DelGuercio is a spring chicken. Note: A spring chicken was a young chicken that was ready to be eaten in the spring time, as opposed to an older bird.
See also: chicken, no, spring

no (spring) chicken

not a young person. euphemistic
2005 Molly Hart Road to Ruination She must've been in at least her mid-forties, she was no spring chicken, but she looked good for her age.
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