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Idioms

yellow-bellied

This page is about the idiom 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

a. told the teacher who cheated

b. wouldn't say who cheated

c. didn't know who cheated

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Contributor: Matt Errey