What's the proper context to use this phrase? And who would usually say something like this? Sounds very childish.
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You would use this when someone won something, but it's quite colloquial. The "chicken dinner" part is just a nonsense rhyme, in the same class as "easy-peasy" (including its citrus and racist variations).
This is usually heard in casinos. The croupier or dealer calls it out when someone wins (obviously). It comes (allegedly) from the days when a chicken dinner cost about as much as a minimum bet at one of the table games ($2). So winning such a bet was enough for a meal. The rhyme made it stick, of course.
I'm quite sure I heard it in a movie, maybe "21" in the underground casino scenes. I don't think it's used in real life though.
protected by RegDwigнt♦ Feb 22 '13 at 15:48
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