Posted by Masakim on August 30, 2002
In Reply to: Re: (you ain't no) Spring Chicken posted by Gary Martin on August 30, 2002
: : I don't see this in the list. Is this forum the appropriate way to suggest a phrase be researched and added in?
: Researched yes; added maybe.
: This appears to originate in 1711 when published in the Spectator. "You ought to consider you are now past a chicken; this Humour, which was well enough in a Girl, is insufferable in one of your Motherly Character".
spring chicken 1 A young inexperienced person. Alkways used in "no spring chicken." 1907 : "I was no spring chicken in the way of the world...." Jack London, _My Life_. c1880. 2 A Young woman. Always in "[she's] no spring chicken." The most common use.
From _Dictionary of American Slang_ by H. Wentworth & S.B. Flexner
Spring chicken. A young person. The phrase is usually found in the negative, as 'She's no spring chicken.' The implication is that she has reached an age when she is no longer a chick. A spring chicken is a young fowl ready for eating, which was originally in the spring. The expression is of US origin and dates from the early years of the 20th century.
From _Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable_ by Adrian Room
She wasn't a Spring chicken, by any means, yet she wasn't old. (_Daily Mail_, 1914)