lily-livered


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lil·y-liv·ered

(lĭl′ē-lĭv′ərd)
adj.
Cowardly; timid.

[From lily, pale, bloodless.]

lily-livered

adj
cowardly; timid

lil′y-liv`ered



adj.
weak or lacking in courage; cowardly.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.lily-livered - easily frightenedlily-livered - easily frightened      
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
cowardly, fearful - lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted; "cowardly dogs, ye will not aid me then"- P.B.Shelley

lily-livered

adjective
Translations

lily-livered

[ˈlɪlɪˈlɪvəd] ADJcobarde, pusilánime

lily-livered

[ˈlɪlɪˌlɪvəd] adj (old) → codardo/a
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It was undoubtedly the most lily-livered performance I have ever seen from a Gunners side.
But at least he had the courage of his conviction to call it how he saw it instead of hiding behind lily-livered insinuations.
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The lily-livered trustees had broached an important principle by making the BBC an arm of the welfare state.
I know from high school English class that even back in Shakespeare's time, lily-livered was used to mean cowardly.
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Hundreds of thousands of world citizens have been prepared to stand up and speak out against the behaviour of the Israeli leadership--ordinary people with only a desire to see an end to torture in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, binding them together--while lily-livered international politicians stand around crying 'crocodile tears' over the plight of the Palestinians but doing nothing to ease their distress.