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no spring chicken




From the description of a young person as a spring chicken.


no spring chicken (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic) Said of a person who is no longer particularly young.
    He ran up three flights of stairs, and he's no spring chicken.
    • 1908, Upton Sinclair, The Money Changers, ch. 5:
      You know the world. You are no spring chicken.
    • 1943 May 10, "The Pot Boils," Time:
      A real candidate arose to challenge dapper Robert Rice ("Buncombe Bob") Reynolds, aging coxcomb of the Senate. The candidate, no spring chicken himself: tall, lean Clyde Roark Hoey (pronounced Hooey), 65, one of the most popular Governors the state ever had.
    • 1981 Nov. 23, "Newest Sub, Oldest Sailor," Time:
      He doubtless hoped for a sympathetic ruling from President Reagan, at 70 no spring chicken himself.