chicken-hearted

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chicken-hearted

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

cowardly. Yes, I'm a chicken-hearted softie. I never try anything too risky.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

chicken-hearted

mod. cowardly. He’s chicken-hearted, but I still love him.
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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Peaceful does not mean chicken hearted. The tiger is peaceful.
Stevenson, who has been widely quoted as calling the federal government "chicken hearted" for its decision, claimed that there were exceptions made in other cases, but that the federal government had refused to make one for the Wet'suwet'en.