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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. 2018.
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  • It was the yellow dog that gave him the chance to recover the weapon.

    Salvage in Space John Stewart Williamson
  • Only the yellow dog was still stretched there, and he did not even deign to look up.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • What sort of a yellow dog in the manger would he be if he did not?

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • I haven't the sand of a yellow dog and I'm not going to worry about it.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • If a yellow dog enters a temple, that temple will witness justice.

  • The very men you've sold yourself to look upon you as a yellow dog.

  • I tell you, little yellow dog, that they do not know what love can be.

    The Ivory Child H. Rider Haggard
  • My yellow dog found me, and crept, whining, between my knees.

    The Love Story of Abner Stone Edwin Carlile Litsey
  • Even then I never felt so much like a yellow dog in my life!

    The Annals of Ann Kate Trimble Sharber
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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