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Phrase: chicken in a basket

Posted by Masakim on September 03, 2003

In Reply to: Phrase: chicken in a basket posted by Bruce Kahl on September 03, 2003

: : : : : : This paragraph appears in the new Tom Clancy novel "The Teeth of the Tiger" on p. 119 of the hard-cover edition. Can anybody tell me what "chicken in a basket" refers to?

: : : : : : "'Lots of services enlist the help of hookers,' Wills explained. 'They don't mind talking, and for the right wad of cash they'll do just about anything. Uda here likes chicken-in-a-basket. Never tried that myself. Asian specialty."

: : : : : It's a form of fast food - pieces of chicken fried in a wire basket and possibly served in the same basket. Popular in British pubs, where most now sell food as well as drink.

: : : : I am not 100% on this but I think Mr. Clancy is talking about a sexual preference.
: : : : A "chicken" is usually an underage person and the "basket" refers to some type of bondage/S+M thing. Some vacation tour firms, mostly here in the US and Germany, put together special vacations for pedophiles to visit Asian countries where these type of predilections can be purchased.
: : : : Yuck!

: : : Bang goes my innocence!!

: : I thought it was a sexual preference also, but I couldn't find anything on the web about chicken in a basket referring to anything sexual. In other areas of the novel, it's stated that the girl isn't underaged, and neither is there any other reference to bondage. Thanks for responding, though. Cool website.

: Yes, I know.
: If you add certain terms which I dont wanna post here you wind up in pop up land.
: You have to use multiple switches with google to get the results.
: From Merriam Webster, see #2 and #5:

: Main Entry: 1chick·en
: Pronunciation: 'chi-k&n, sometimes -k&[ng]
: Function: noun
: Etymology: Middle English chiken, from Old English cicen young chicken; akin to Old English cocc cock
: Date: 14th century
: 1 a : the common domestic fowl (Gallus gallus) especially when young; also : its flesh used as food -- compare JUNGLE FOWL b : any of various birds or their young
: 2 : a young woman
: 3 a : COWARD b : any of various contests in which the participants risk personal safety in order to see which one will give up first
: 4 [short for chickens h i t] slang : petty details
: 5 : a young male homosexual

chicken in the basket
A young man available for sexual favours, usually anal intercourse. US gay slang since the sixties.
From _The Slanguage of Sex_ (Futura Publications, London & Sidney; 1985) by Brigid McConville & John Shearlaw