lily-livered


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lily-livered

  (literary)
not brave I've never seen such a lily-livered bunch of wimps in my life!

lily-livered

mod. cowardly. That lily-livered guy is up hiding under his bed till this blows over.
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It may be the Protestant ethic deep within me coming out but it seems a slippery, lazy, lily-livered way of dealing with a problem;smoke and mirrors, rather than those Protestant qualities of hard work, saving and wholesome deprivation.
When asked if he feels like King Canute when confronting the global downturn, he says: "I think it would be a very weak-kneed, lily-livered, spineless politician who felt like that.
So what if lily-livered Cabinet colleagues stab him in the back.
My personal view is that your people are a bunch of lily-livered cowards who use one set of rules when it comes to poor Pakistan and another when it comes to India and the rich pickings to be made from the BCCI and the Indian Premier League.
Traditionally northerners have thought themselves to be immune to the effects of cold, in contrast to their lily-livered counterparts down south.
LAPD Chief Bratton and his elite staff are certainly ahead of the curve by seeking law lengthening prison sentences for lily-livered convicted robbers who wear a mask in a crime.
Using the built-in messaging system you can trade insults with the lily-livered seadogs as you strive to defeat all those that appear on your horizon.
That, of course, is just too simple and UEFA in their own weak-willed, lily-livered way have done their usual in deflecting the question of what would happen if Liverpool won the Champions League.
For the latter are, in fact, "irreversibly doomed," explained Phelps's daughter Shirley Phelps-Roper, whose contempt for the lily-livered Christians in the ex-gay movement was undisguised: "Some of these groups that call themselves Christian are about as Christian as Balaam's ass," she declared.
You rarely hear a derogatory word said about them at Westminster - probably because those MPs who attack the city millionaires are too lily-livered to denounce the idols and heroes of their constituents.
I could go on but it seems pointless when lily-livered politicians close their eyes and put their fingers in their ears and pretend there is no problem.
AS a white, wishywashy, lily-livered liberal, the issue of the Muslim veil has bothered me greatly.
What a bunch of lily-livered weather phobic dafties, I thought - then was handed a leaflet explaining where to find the room showing the British and Irish Lions playing Australia.
com Open three weeks ago what a lily-livered character he is when in contention for titles, writes Steve Palmer.