white feather

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white feather

n.
A sign of cowardice.
Idiom:
show the white feather
To act like a coward.

[From the belief that a gamecock with a white feather in its tail was a poor fighter.]

white feather

n
1. a symbol or mark of cowardice
2. show the white feather to act in a cowardly manner
[from the belief that a white feather in a gamecock's tail was a sign of a poor fighter]
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Noun1.white feather - a symbol of cowardicewhite feather - a symbol of cowardice    
symbolic representation, symbolisation, symbolization, symbol - something visible that by association or convention represents something else that is invisible; "the eagle is a symbol of the United States"
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It began 100 years ago this week when the 73-year-old Admiral Charles Fitzgerald founded the Order of the White Feather. This bushy-bearded old sea dog joined the Navy aged 13 in 1854 just in time for the Crimean War and earned the nickname "Rough" from the cowering crews who served under him.

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