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yellow-bellied

[yel-oh-bel-eed] /ˈyɛl oʊˌbɛl id/
adjective
1.
having a yellow abdomen or underside.
2.
Slang. cowardly; lily-livered.
Origin of yellow-bellied
1700-1710
1700-10
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  • The other day I saw a yellow-bellied woodpecker alight upon a decaying beech and proceed to drill for a grub.

    Ways of Nature John Burroughs
  • "Wal, you yellow-bellied neutrals," he said, his voice cold and his eyes hard.

    A Man to His Mate J. Allan Dunn
  • Among other birds which occurred in this day's march, we noticed the yellow-bellied fly catcher and the obscure wren.

  • The yellow-bellied Acanthurus is armed with a spine of considerable length upon its tail.

    The Evolution of Culture Augustus Henry Lane-Fox Pitt-Rivers
  • The scarcity of this bird, and the absence of the red-bellied and the yellow-bellied, were among the surprises of my visit.

    Spring notes from Tennessee Bradford Torrey
  • As the yellow-bellied woodpecker was the most abundant species in these woods, I attributed it to him.

    A Year in the Fields John Burroughs
  • One of these was with a yellow-bellied woodpecker, the first I had ever seen.

    Birds in the Bush Bradford Torrey
  • He is a dog—and the pup of a dog—red, yellow-bellied, lairless, and haired between every toe!

    The Second Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
  • yellow-bellied newts—big enough to be lusted for—swam in its waters.

    The Forgotten Planet Murray Leinster
Slang definitions & phrases for yellow-bellied

yell bloody murder

verb phrase

To shout and complain loudly: The crowd in the kitchen was yelling bloody murder

[entry form 1931+, variant 1859+; scream bloody murder is found by 1882]

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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