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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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Examples from the web for yellow jacket
  • Bee poisoning is caused by a sting from a bee, wasp, or yellow jacket.
  • Afterward, back in the truck, a yellow jacket flew in and stung me on the neck.
  • Please use an alternate route if you are allergic, want to avoid any risk of yellow jacket stings, or are riding a horse.
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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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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