- to count on something that may not materialize
- to engage in a test of courage in which, typically, two vehicles are driven directly toward one another in order to see which driver will swerve away first
- to engage in mutual challenges or threats, hoping the opponent will withdraw before actual conflict or collision
Other Word Forms of Chicken
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Chicken
- count one's chickens before they are hatched
- play chicken
Origin of Chicken
From Middle English, from Old English ċicen, cycen (“chicken”), diminutive of coc, cocc (“cock, rooster”), or from Proto-Germanic *kiukīną. Cognate with Dutch kuiken (“chick, chicken”), Low German küken (“chicken”), German Küken (“chick”), German dialectal Küchlein (“chicken”) and Old Norse kjúklingr (“chicken”). More at cock, -en.
Middle English chiken from Old English cīcen
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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