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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.

more (something) than Carter('s) has (liver) pills

old-fashioned A huge number of something; an amount of something that is greater than one can count. A reference to a popular patent medicine created in 1868 called "Carter's Little Liver Pills" (renamed "Carter's Little Pills" in 1959). I swear, that boy's got more excuses than Carter has liver pills! Their company's got more money problems than Carter's has pills—I wouldn't be surprised if they went bankrupt next week!
See also: more, pill

shit on the liver

rude slang Said to be the cause of a very unhappy or unpleasant mood. Primarily heard in Australia. Boy, he seems miserable. What's he got shit on the liver about today?
See also: liver, on, shit

What am I, chopped liver?

cliché 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?
See also: chop, what
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chopped liver

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


mod. cowardly. That lily-livered guy is up hiding under his bed till this blows over.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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