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yellow-bellied

Meaning: If someone is yellow-bellied, they are not brave, or they are cowardly.

For example:

  • Tony's father called him yellow-bellied when he was a five-year-old boy because he didn't want to ride a horse. Tony has never forgotten it.

  • The whole country behaved like yellow-bellied cowards when they let a small group of cheats steal the national election.

Quick Quiz:

The other kids called Jack a yellow-bellied snake because he
  1. told the teacher who cheated
  2. wouldn't say who cheated
  3. didn't know who cheated

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