lily-livered


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lil·y-liv·ered

(lĭl′ē-lĭv′ərd)
adj.
Cowardly; timid.

[From lily, pale, bloodless.]
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lily-livered

adj
cowardly; timid
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lil′y-liv`ered



adj.
weak or lacking in courage; cowardly.
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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
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lily-livered

adjective
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Translations

lily-livered

[ˈlɪlɪˈlɪvəd] ADJcobarde, pusilánime
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

lily-livered

[ˈlɪlɪˌlɪvəd] adj (old) → codardo/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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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.
If we went around vandalising the images of all now considered by the lily-livered to be politically incorrect, then there would dozens fewer public effigies and some notable gaps in the galleries in our own dear city.
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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First, at the request of the member states, they withdrew Article 12, which provided for the adoption of measures at EU level in the event that national reactions were too lily-livered. The co-legislators also fleshed out Article 4 on planning and preparing to act against cross-border health threats: the compromise makes member states responsible for notifying every three years the state of their provisions and, in the event of a revision, to transfer to the Commission the information they are already passing on to the World Health Organisation (WHO) under the International Health Regulations (IHR).