yellow belly

yellowbelly

[yel-oh-bel-ee]
noun, plural yellowbellies.
Slang. a person who is without courage, fortitude, or nerve; coward.

Origin:
1790–1800; yellow + belly

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yellow belly
 
n
dialect a native of Lincolnshire, esp of the fens

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yellow-belly definition


  1. n.
    a coward. : Tell the yellow-belly to come outside and say that.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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