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fearful; cowardly.
[1675–85, Amer.]
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Why, it does seem to me that of all the childish, idiotic, chuckle-headed, chicken-livered superstitions that ev -- oh, damn Merlin!"
I don't believe the majority of Brits are chicken-livered. I don't believe that soon now we can expect white flags flying from every church tower and upper story window.
We have denied them a hope of freedom from the results of global warming through our chicken-livered approach to those problems.
Rick Santorum launched his new every-other-Thursday "The Elephant in the Room" column in The Philadelphia Inquirer today by quoting some of the criticism hurled his way by the paper in years' past, including (he recalled) "disingenuous, snake oil peddler, smug, arrogant, chicken-livered, intolerant and fatalistic."
Standing firmly to his beliefs, he resigned from the Cabinet when all his chicken-livered colleagues supported the Bush/Blair alliance.
Send it in the direction of Real Madrid and chicken-livered UEFA, who fined the Spaniards a pathetic seven grand for their racist abuse of Bayer Leverkusen players in the Champions League.