chickenshit


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chick·en·shit

 (chĭk′ən-shĭt′) Vulgar Slang
n.
1. A coward.
2. Contemptibly petty, insignificant nonsense.
adj.
1. Cowardly; afraid.
2. Contemptibly unimportant; petty.

chickenshit

(ˈtʃɪkɪnʃɪt)
n
a coward
adj
1. despicably cowardly
2. contemptibly worthless

chick•en•shit

(ˈtʃɪk ənˌʃɪt)
Vulgar Slang. n.
1. petty or trivial details, tasks, or the like.
adj.
2. obsessed with petty details.
3. menial or petty.
4. cowardly.
[1925–30, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chickenshit - a false statement that is considered to indicate timidity or fear
drivel, garbage - a worthless message
dirty word, vulgarism, obscenity, smut, filth - an offensive or indecent word or phrase
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As it is am just killing days and wish I were a soldier instead of a chickenshit writer" (SL 589).
However much society, culture, and warfare change, there seems to be one constant for a military in combat: chickenshit, and soldiers of every generation can give you examples of it even if they have never heard the word.
I've been in the slammer 34 times--lots of it for the same reason you got in (though the last time was for bustin' a cop's jaw)--it's no disgrace--not with these chickenshit laws they got against us
Chickenshit is petty and often silly, but it does clear everything of value from the table.
I always try to get people to understand that those drag queens were a lot braver than those [straight-acting] guys who are often too chickenshit to come out.
We Pumsies didn't get stinking rich by sitting around listening to chickenshit Like this, so I fled quicker than you can say "Fearnley-Whittingstall".
You also need a phone and an account with a bookmaker, not of the chickenshit type who are scared to take trifectas.
I believed that the loss of China had played a large role in the rise of Joe McCarthy," he later told his biographer, Doris Kearns, "And I knew that all these problems, taken together, were chickenshit compared with what might happen if we lost Vietnam.
If I weren't such a chickenshit I would stare into the sun, burn my retinas out, and retire to the south of France.
Clinton seemed to have disliked Bibi Netanyahu, and in one sharp exchange, when the Israeli leader suggested that Arafat could keep his commitments by making sure Gaza police chief Ghazi Jabali "disappeared," our president was heard screaming, "This is just chickenshit.
In short, combat teaches soldiers and commanders 'alike what matters and what's chickenshit.