Idiom of the Week: Chicken


Meaning: To be afraid or be a coward. Used as an adjective or as a noun.


Go ahead and order in English! Don’t be a chicken!

They called me a chicken because I didn’t want to ride on the roller coaster.

He wanted to talk to her but he was chicken. He’s a very shy guy.


Pop Quiz:

What’s the opposite of chicken?

A.  Scared

B.  Vegetable

C.  Brave

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The correct answer is C. To be chicken is to be afraid, so the opposite of course is brave. Now go out and try to use this idiom – don’t be a chicken!

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6 thoughts on “Idiom of the Week: Chicken

  1. On May 10 2015 is mother’s day, I wish every mother enjoy their mothers’ cake , ice cream cake and a big dinner. Don’t be chicken. After this festival .YOU CAN GO BACk ON DIET AGAIN. Okay !!!

  2. Before I was afraid to speak English just like a dumb, like a chicken. Since I came to University settlement adult program, I was finally no longer afraid, be bold to speak English, and now my oral English skill better than in the past. I am very grateful to my teacher and University settlement adult program. I hope in the future, there is a greater increase of my English learning.

  3. Don’t be chicken for learning, you have to overcome your fear otherwise you will never improve.

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