a chicken in every pot

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First stated by Henry IV of France as, "I want there to be no peasant in my realm so poor that he will not have a chicken in his pot every Sunday," and later associated with United States president Herbert Hoover's 1928 campaign as part of an advertisement, placed by a local committee. Because of the advertisement, the phrase is often mistakenly attributed to Hoover, although he never made any such statement and had no part in the making of the ad.

Further reading[edit]

"A Chicken in Every Pot" political ad and rebuttal article in New York Times

Noun[edit]

a chicken in every pot (uncountable)

  1. something suggestive of general welfare or prosperity
    At least nowadays we have a chicken in every pot, and a car in every garage to boot!