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 (chĭk′ən-shĭt′) Vulgar Slang
1. A coward.
2. Contemptibly petty, insignificant nonsense.
1. Cowardly; afraid.
2. Contemptibly unimportant; petty.
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a coward
1. despicably cowardly
2. contemptibly worthless
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(ˈtʃɪk ənˌʃɪt)
Vulgar Slang. n.
1. petty or trivial details, tasks, or the like.
2. obsessed with petty details.
3. menial or petty.
4. cowardly.
[1925–30, Amer.]
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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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JESSE EISINGER, THE CHICKENSHIT CLUB: WHY THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT FAILS TO PROSECUTE EXECUTIVES (2017) (linking the rise of income inequality in the United States to federal prosecutors' failure to aggressively enforce criminal laws).
Cole yelled back: "Just like in Congress, you're still picking up chickenshit!"
(65) A similar tendency towards selective anti-corruption prosecutions in the US led one commentator recently to label government enforcement agencies 'The Chickenshit Club' because of the competitive culture of lawyers drawn from the elite law schools, who fear bringing high stakes cases that risk blemishing their enforcement record.
In his new book, The Chickenshit Club, he takes on the Justice Department bureaucracy that decided against those prosecutions.
(If there's anything certain in our precarious world, it's the Post's hoary sensationalism.) A facsimile of its front page appears as one of the endpapers in CLUB 57: FILM, PERFORMANCE, AND ART IN THE EAST VILLAGE, 1978-1983 (MoMA, $40), a catalogue that documents the sordid and celebratory goings-on of a time and place in Manhattan that seems fresher, queerer, and more illicit than the swipe-right chickenshit assimilationism of New York City today.
But as the Pulitzer Prize-winning financial journalist Jesse Eisinger demonstrates in his book The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives, the fiction we learned in law school is not always the one applied by courts and lawyers.
So says Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jesse Eisinger, author of "The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives" (Simon & Schuster), in an interview with ThinkAdvisor.
Eisinger has just released a new book called "The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives." It tracks how a furious pressure campaign by corporate America fundamentally changed the culture of the Justice Department.
I'd laugh a little while and tease her for being such a chickenshit. Then, I'd push past Grace, snap my fingers around the back of that nubby little head just as I saw Jake do and wrestle the snake back into its tub before giving the all clear.
That was chickenshit. He'd been an adventure buddy and a friend for 26 years.