yellow streak


noun Informal.

a trait of cowardice in a person's character.

Nearby words

  1. yellow river,
  2. yellow rust,
  3. yellow sally,
  4. yellow sea,
  5. yellow spot,
  6. yellow underwing,
  7. yellow warbler,
  8. yellow water lily,
  9. yellow-bellied,
  10. yellow-bellied sapsucker

Origin of yellow streak

An Americanism dating back to 1910–15

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British Dictionary definitions for yellow streak

yellow streak

noun

informal a cowardly or weak trait, characteristic, or flaw in a person's nature
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