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be no spring chicken

slang To no longer be young or youthful. (A "spring chicken" refers to a young chicken.) I'm no spring chicken, so I can't stay out till 2 AM drinking and dancing anymore.
See also: chicken, no, spring
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be ˌno spring ˈchicken

(humorous) be no longer young: I’m no spring chicken, but I still like going on long walks.Are you sure he should be playing squash at his age? He’s no spring chicken, you know!
See also: chicken, no, spring
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no spring chicken, (she's)

No longer young. This unflattering remark has been made since the early eighteenth century and, as far as can be gathered, is applied mostly to women. Men seldom are accused of aging in just this way. In print, it appeared (without “spring”) in Addison and Steele’s The Spectator (1711) and soon after was taken up by Jonathan Swift in Stella’s Birthday (1720): “Pursue your trade of scandal-picking, Your hints that Stella is no chicken.”
See also: no, spring
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