chopped liver

Pronunciations

chopped liver (CHOPT LIH-ver) listen

Definitions

  • n. A pate made from chopped chicken liver and onions.

  • n. "Someone perceived as being of little value or worth, as evidenced by being ignored when others are getting attention" (source).

Example Sentences

  • "You offered everyone else cholent, but not me. What am I, chopped liver?"

Languages of Origin

  • English

Who Uses This

  • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements

Regions

  • North America

Dictionaries

  • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

Notes

  • "Since eating chopped liver may not be appreciated by everyone, the Jewish English expression 'What am I, chopped liver?' signifies frustration or anger at being ignored on a social level...An explanation of the expression is that chopped liver was traditionally served as a side dish rather than a main course. The phrase therefore may have originally expressed a feeling of being overlooked, as a 'side dish'" (source).

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