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yellow streak

noun, Informal.
a trait of cowardice in a person's character.
Origin of yellow streak
An Americanism dating back to 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Hard luck indeed for the sailor who does not know how to fight, or who shows a yellow streak!

    The Flying Bo'sun Arthur Mason
  • Show 'em that the yellow streak can lick anything on this hill.

    The Rover Boys on a Hunt Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)
  • "It is my yellow streak again," he muttered, wiping his eyes and grinding his teeth.

    The Cottage of Delight Will N. Harben
  • Here is where Glutts shows 'em what the yellow streak can do!

    The Rover Boys on a Hunt Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)
  • Anterior ones having a yellow streak next the shoulders, edged with black.

  • He said the yellow streak could beat any thing in this vicinity.

    The Rover Boys on a Hunt Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)
  • The yellow streak took a long time in showin', but it's in you, all right, Pierre le Rouge.

    Riders of the Silences John Frederick
  • But I always suspected he had a yellow streak in him and this proves it.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • But that night, staring into the face of three of the four, I saw the yellow streak.

    The River and I John G. Neihardt
  • I always said that joker had a yellow streak in him somewhere, and that was where he showed it.

    The Viking Blood Frederick William Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for yellow streak

yellow streak

(informal) a cowardly or weak trait, characteristic, or flaw in a person's nature
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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