show the white feather
Display cowardice, as in The minute Bob put up his fists, Bill showed the white feather and backed down. This expression comes from cockfighting, where a white feather in a bird's tail is considered a sign of inferior breeding. [Early 1800s]
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Policemen on the show joke about prison riots, bomb threats, and the shooting of unarmed civilians.'Babylon' Review: The Dumb Lives of Trigger-Happy Cops|Melissa Leon|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
France 24 is providing live, round-the-clock coverage of both scenes as they progress.
As soon as this attack [happened], Paris citizens came together to show were are not afraid, we are Charlie Hebdo.
The breakdown of the 114th Congress is 80 percent white, 80 percent male, and 92 percent Christian.
And they might not have to wait that long to show their political heft.
And she would be wearing some of the jewels with the white dress—just a few, not many, of course.Rosemary in Search of a Father|C. N. Williamson
Sleek finds it far harder work than fortune-making; but he pursues his Will-o'-the-Wisp with untiring energy.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
None other would dare to show herself unveiled to a stranger, and a white man at that.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
One would not have wanted her white neck a mite less full or her beautiful arms more slender.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
That evening in the gondola, with one old and two newer friends, is marked with a white stone in my recollection.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley