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 otherwise you never be improve.

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

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