yellow-bellied

[yel-oh-bel-eed]
adjective
1.
having a yellow abdomen or underside.
2.
Slang. cowardly; lily-livered.

Origin:
1700–10

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yellow-belly
 
n , pl -lies
1.  a slang word for coward
2.  (Austral) another name for callop
 
'yellow-bellied
 
adj

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yellow-bellied definition


  1. mod.
    cowardly. : What yellow-bellied skunk ran off with my horse?
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
It was roughly twice the size of our living yellow-bellied marmot.
The largest and stockiest of local squirrels is the yellow-bellied marmot.
Common western yellow-bellied racers and coast garter snakes eat small rodents
  and insects.
Most people don't think much about yellow-bellied marmots.
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