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chicken scratch


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An instance of cramped or illegible handwriting.

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  • noun Chicken feed consisting of random mixed grains such as corn, wheat, barley, sorghum and milling by-products.
  • noun informal Cramped or illegible handwriting.
  • noun A type of cross-stitch embroidery done on gingham fabric.

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  • noun cramped or illegible handwriting


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  • illegible writing; a paltry sum of money; a kind of embroidery

    July 12, 2007

  • I'd thought "paltry sum of money" too--but I just discovered chicken feed, which seems to be the more common expression.

    August 7, 2018

  • (Note the "n. Poultry feed" and "n. Slang Money" definitions over on scratch.)

    August 7, 2018