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1 chicken /ˈtʃɪkn̩/ noun
plural chickens
1 chicken
/ˈtʃɪkn̩/
noun
plural chickens
Learner's definition of CHICKEN
[count] : a bird that is raised by people for its eggs and meat
[noncount] : the meat of the chicken used as food
often used before another noun
[count] informal : a person who is afraid : coward

count your chickens

◊ If you count your chickens or (US) count your chickens before they hatch or (Brit) before they're hatched, you believe that something you want to happen will definitely happen before you know for certain that it really will.

your chickens come home to roost

see 2roost
see also spring chicken
2 chicken /ˈtʃɪkn̩/ adjective
2 chicken
/ˈtʃɪkn̩/
adjective
Learner's definition of CHICKEN
not used before a noun [more chicken; most chicken] informal
: too afraid to do something
3 chicken /ˈtʃɪkn̩/ verb
chickens; chickened; chickening
3 chicken
/ˈtʃɪkn̩/
verb
chickens; chickened; chickening
Learner's definition of CHICKEN

chicken out

[phrasal verb] informal
: to decide not to do something because you are afraid
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