December 29, 2010

play chicken

Posted in Idioms at 11:12 am by Feng

play chicken – If children or young people play chicken, they do something that is dangerous in order to see who is frightened first. [Americanidioms]

On a TV program, an international affair expert commented on the current tense situation between North and South Korea: “They are playing chicken.”  This is dangerous as playing chicken will eventually escalate to war! As I searched for this phrase, I found a related phrase called “play chicken in traffic“, which refers to several dangerous games on the road to test who is the most courageous. In one game, two cars speed toward each other and the one who first swerves is the looser. See this for more detail.


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