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yellow dog

a cowardly, despicable person; a craven.
Origin of yellow dog
First recorded in 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But he isn't a liar nor a coward nor any sort of "a yellow dog."

  • It was the yellow dog that gave him the chance to recover the weapon.

    Salvage in Space John Stewart Williamson
  • Keep your tongue between your lips, or I'll shoot you like a yellow dog.

    The Sea Bride Ben Ames Williams
  • Only the yellow dog was still stretched there, and he did not even deign to look up.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • Well, plenty of farmers near me have seen this yellow dog of yours, and they know what he has done, said Mr. Addison.

    The Curlytops at Silver Lake Howard Roger Garis
  • My yellow dog found me, and crept, whining, between my knees.

    The Love Story of Abner Stone Edwin Carlile Litsey
  • Could you come with us to show us where the camp is, and where you saw the yellow dog?

    The Curlytops at Silver Lake Howard Roger Garis
  • Even then I never felt so much like a yellow dog in my life!

    The Annals of Ann Kate Trimble Sharber
  • What sort of a yellow dog in the manger would he be if he did not?

    Fair Harbor Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Slang definitions & phrases for yellow dog

yellow dog

noun phrase

  1. A contemptible person; scoundrel; cur; bastard (1881+)
  2. An informer; rat (1980s+ Underworld)
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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