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is the "Chicken " quote referencing something else ?


When the Sheriff describes the gangster to the guy at the canyon/construction site, he replies "There's nothing here but us chickens". As I have only heard this saying in the last 5 years, what, if anything, does that quote mean? Is it a reference to something else?

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It's a very old saying. Means nothing unusual here.

"I know it looked like I fell... but it was all part of my plan!"

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Also can have overtones of there being nothing to fear from us. Like being called 'chicken' which implies no threat, aka 'chicken sh*ot'. Kind of schoolyard phrase so has fallen out of common usage.
Gotta admit never have seen this one but with Siegel at the lens well that's a must see.
Director: Don Siegel (as Donald Siegel)

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It is referencing a popular song ,performed notably by Louis Jordan and more recently by the Muppets https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ain%27t_Nobody_Here_but_Us_Chickens

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I think the expression came before the song.

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