white feather(redirected from Order of the White Feather)
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Related to Order of the White Feather: Verdun
A sign of cowardice.
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.]
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]