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 attributed to Hoover, although he never made such a statement.

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!