yellow streak


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yellow streak (down someone's back)

a tendency toward cowardice. Tim's got a yellow streak down his back a mile wide. Get rid of that yellow streak. Show some courage.
See also: streak, yellow
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The normally quietly-spoken 31-year-old from Brixton said: "Klitschko has a yellow streak in him.
There's nothing like soaking up a little local colour when on an Eastern European minibreak but this encounter had brought out our yellow streak.
With his green fingers, yellow streak and little pink bum bobbing up and down he was the rainbow rogerer of Walford.
Wayne will fight Eastman any time, any place and anywhere as there is no yellow streak on him," roared Lynch.
Giving a glimpse of his confidence before the big night, the normally quietly spoken 31-year-old from Brixton said: ``Klitschko has a yellow streak in him.
I refer to 'thugitis' - the symptoms being the appearance of a selfish yellow streak which gradually dominates the personality and which, if allowed to develop, becomes chronic and almost impossible to cure.
It is a solitary, strongly scented flower that is 4-6cm across and deep purple in colour, with a canary yellow streak running the length of each petal.
The31-year--old said:'Klitschko has a yellow streak in him, he does not like it when things get tough.
WHEN it comes to mixing it with the Ministry of Defence, the Government seems to develop a curiously yellow streak.
But stick them out against the likes of Charlton or some tin-pot Israeli part-timers in the UEFA Cup and Umbro may as well knock out kits with a giant yellow streak down the back.
Photo: Bob Ellstrom plays Gary Cooper stand-in Hap Hazard, marshal of Yellow Streak, and Christina Callahan plays his sweetheart, Betsy.
After he scooted off to Paris to avoid the Commons debate on his hated Bedroom Tax, I suspect the best way to recognise him is by the 12-inch wide yellow streak right down the middle of his back
It puts forth a solitary, strongly scented flower which is 4-6cm across and deep purple in colour, with a canary yellow streak running the length of each petal.
A THE 1939 classic starred Bert Lahr as the overstuffed moggy with a mile-wide yellow streak.
I have often being accused of having a yellow streak running down my back - not that anyone has been brave enough to say it to my face.