yellow streak


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yellow streak

n
informal a cowardly or weak trait, characteristic, or flaw in a person's nature

yel′low streak`



n.
a strain of cowardice.
[1910–15, Amer.]
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Well, this little yellow streak has the gall to blow in to-day and say he'll take Carthey's place.
Alleyne gave a gulp in his throat, for the yellow streak seemed to pass through the man; but he still ran forward.
He opened the window; a bright yellow streak crossed the sky, and seemed to divide in half the poplars, which stood out in black relief on the horizon.
THE US national colours may be red, white and blue but president Donald Trump has a yellow streak the length of his "big beautiful wall" when it comes to tackling the gun lobby in his own country.
He would describe the MacArthur tartan - dark green, midgreen, plus a thin yellow line running through, as - "two shades of green with a yellow streak!" Barbara MacArthur Cathays, Cardiff The small print: Letters will not be included unless you include your name, full postal address and daytime telephone number (we prefer to use names of letter writers but you can ask for your name not to be published if you have a good reason).
The back is olive with a prominent yellow streak on the wing.
YELLOW STREAK Girl runs for Mencap TUTU MUCH Lads dress up for the occasion
MANILA -- Some show a yellow streak. Some show courage.
With all the spins, bobs, and hand moves, he's a sight to see, a yellow streak against that dull rainy palette.
Addy had been watching them from her perch in the rec room window and when I opened the door she was out like a shot, a yellow streak roaring down the dandelion runway and launching herself through the air and into the lake like a torpedo.
The end of discal cell has a yellow streak. Terminal edge alternates yellow streaks between veins.