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yellow jacket

any of several paper wasps of the family Vespidae, having black and bright yellow bands.
Slang. a yellow capsule of phenobarbital.
Origin of yellow jacket
1790-1800, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • So Job went back to the yellow jacket with the memory of that home-coming to cheer him in the dark times that were to follow.

    The Transformation of Job Frederick Vining Fisher
  • That was the beginning of the real fame of the yellow jacket.

    The Transformation of Job Frederick Vining Fisher
  • She wears a white cap, a yellow jacket bordered with ermine, a Persian-blue skirt, and a white apron.

  • It was a gray and yellow jacket, worn and patched, left at the foot of a tree.

  • The yellow jacket silver mining company offers a thousand dollars, coin!

    Roughing It Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Will Danny wear his yellow jacket in Heaven, or go as a free man?

  • Something small, flying about, with a black and yellow jacket on.

  • "He has not eaten," said Baloo, with a grunt of relief, as soon as he saw the beautifully mottled brown and yellow jacket.

    The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
  • yellow jacket, she noticed, kept circumspectly to the center of the trail and eyed the canyon with frank disfavor.

    The Quirt B.M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for yellow jacket

yellow jacket

(US & Canadian) any of several social wasps of the genus Vespa, having yellow markings on the body
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for yellow jacket


verb phrase

To punish someone for a stupid action: We yellow-carded him for leaving the beer in his drunk where we could find it

[fr a soccer penalty]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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