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yellow jacket

noun
1.
any of several paper wasps of the family Vespidae, having black and bright yellow bands.
2.
Slang. a yellow capsule of phenobarbital.
Origin of yellow jacket
1790-1800
1790-1800, Americanism
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  • An' 'en my papa dropped it 's if it was a yellow-jacket an' he said, great big an' loud, 'Money!

  • Thereafter I dived and hopped like a frog through the brush and water, until I came out beyond that yellow-jacket barrage.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • Now once in a while a babe is found hard to wean; the same may be said of a yellow-jacket.

    On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck R. Pitcher Woodward
  • The Professor was powerless, but lay in Tim's arms biting, kicking, and curled up like a yellow-jacket interested with an enemy.

  • A young half-breed with a complexion like a yellow-jacket asked me if I would have my boots blacked.

    Roughing It Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • A yellow-jacket has found an ambrosial attraction here upon the bramble leaf.

    My Studio Neighbors William Hamilton Gibson
  • And there are still others, where Buddy collided with the yellow-jacket, that I find I cannot read at all.

    Tenting To-night Mary Roberts Rinehart
British Dictionary definitions for yellow-jacket

yellow jacket

noun
1.
(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

yellow-card

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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