yellow dog

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yellow dog

Informal
n.
1. A mean or contemptible person or thing.
2. A staunchly loyal member of the Democratic Party who consistently supports other Democrats.

[From Southern regional yaller dog, yellow dog, mongrel dog with a yellowish coat, cowardly dog. Sense 2, so called because it was said that such Democrats would vote for the party's candidate even if it nominated a yaller dog.]

yel′low-dog′ adj.

yel′low dog′


n.
a cowardly, despicable person; craven.
[1825–35]
References in classic literature ?
I don't approve," he says, fierce, "of folks keeping great, fat, ugly, bad-tempered yellow dogs that are a nuisance to all.
I told you about the fat yellow dog that permeated the Tuxton's house, didn't I?
Now you," he says to the yellow dog, putting him out through the door.
It dealt, of course, with the beauties and singularities of the place, the streets, the people, and the quantities of unowned yellow dogs.
Wherefore he was held in high reverence, and when the two other gentlemen were hanged for lying the Theosophists elected him to the leadership of their Disastral Body, and after a quiet life and an honourable death by the kick of a jackass he was reincarnated as a Yellow Dog.
A yellow dog that's spent most of his life in a cheap New York flat, sleeping in a corner on an old sateen underskirt (the one she spilled port wine on at the Lady Longshoremen's banquet), mustn't be expcctcd to perform any tricks with the art of speech.
dusted chair with handkerchief before sitting down on it, and had other oldmaidish ways (I should like to know what they are); tediously polite, but no talker; bored face; age forty-five if a day (a lie); was accompanied by an enormous yellow dog with sore eyes.
I know your kind--brave as lions when it comes to pullin' miserable, broken-spirited bindle stiffs, but as leery as a yellow dog when you face a man.
So sweet little Mimi told her to choose any shape and color she wanted, and so Yellow Dogs were born.
The first news reports said the killer had been a member of the band The Yellow Dogs, but had been fired for allegedly stealing from the band.
NEW YORK -- They were so tight-knit that some thought they were brothers, and in a way, they were: fleeing Iran together to pursue music and art in Brooklyn, the bandmates of the Yellow Dogs and their friends had formed a fraternity of Iranian expatriates who lived, sang and cooked together.
12 ( ANI ): The 29-year-old bassist from the Iranian indie rock band The Yellow Dogs reportedly killed himself after slaughtering three of his band members, including two brothers, over being ousted from the group.