chickenshit

[chik-uh n-shit]Slang: Vulgar.
adjective
  1. obsessed with petty details.
  2. menial or petty.
  3. cowardly or fainthearted.

Origin of chickenshit

1945–50; Americanism
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Word Origin and History for chicken-shit

1947 (n.) "contemptible cowardly person;" 1948 (adj.); from chicken + shit (n.).

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