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What am I, chopped liver?

A semi-serious expression of frustration, anger, or indignation at having been overlooked and/or regarded as inferior. The phrase likely originated as a part of Jewish humor, referring to the serving of chopped liver as a common side dish (thus overlooked in favor of the main course), the taste of which many do not find appealing. A: "Mary is so smart, talented, and creative, I wish she were my best friend!" B: "And what am I then, chopped liver?" They said they wanted to hire someone else for the job. What am I, chopped liver?
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lily-livered

Cowardly or fearful. I'm not surprised that Tom didn't come to the rally—he's too lily-livered to defend his beliefs in public.

chopped liver

n. someone or something worthless. And who am I? Chopped liver?
See also: chop, liver

lily-livered

mod. cowardly. That lily-livered guy is up hiding under his bed till this blows over.
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Not so the weak minded nationalists and socialists of Scotland and Wales whose lily livered reaction is to plump for inocculation in an effort to appease the mindless minions of the Animal Liberation Front.
But more important, we are being given a false choice between a lily livered appeasing UN and fullscale war.
if they are caught before a lily livered magistrate,who not to be naughty, again or they will asbo, and then laugh at the on their merry joking out of court welcomed by their scumbag parents.
All this effort was for nothing since a lily livered neighbour, who had a wonderful row of healthy mature poplar trees in his garden, folded under moaning by another neighbour about their creaking in high winds, and had them cut down despite the tree surgeon assuring him they were healthy trees.
By extension the liver of a coward was thought to be pale, and lily livered was one of the ways of describing this.
It's hard to escape the conclusion that Tiger would not have made the top 15 had the tournament been strokeplay, but put him face-to-face with some of the lily- livered players of today and he frightens the life out of them.