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chicken scratch


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal An instance of cramped or illegible handwriting: "his signature—an unforgeably idiosyncratic chicken scratch” ( Alex Shoumatoff).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. cramped or illegible handwriting


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

    August 7, 2018

  • 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

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

    July 12, 2007