yellow dog

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  1. a cowardly, despicable person; a craven.

Origin of yellow dog

First recorded in 1825–35

Words Nearby yellow dog Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use yellow dog in a sentence

  • Hall was one of the last of the yellow dog Democrats in Congress.

  • There was an ugly, black steer in the herd, and they were wondering whether their old yellow dog would be able to manage him.

    Beautiful Joe | Marshall Saunders
  • We had now 21 mules and 19 horses, the brown puppy, and a large yellow dog from Gartok.

  • I was never to receive an answer to these questions, for the parts she and the yellow dog played in our romance were ended.

  • Her competitor, a yellow dog called Smoaker, was let loose, and the whole party awaited in eager expectation of a hare.

    Jesse Cliffe | Mary Russell Mitford
  • Under that look my self-importance shrank until the yellow dog with which I had compared myself loomed as large as an elephant.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine | Joseph C. Lincoln