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.
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
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.
A dreadful vision, a long yellow streak marching behind an arrowhead pointing straight for the little town of Desperance.
His hometown newspaper in Denver called him "the slacker, the pacifist, the man with a yellow streak down his spine as broad as a country highway.
Harchibald is obviously a very good horse, but that great big yellow streak down his back is a big disadvantage at Cheltenham.