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have a yellow belly

To tend to act in a cowardly manner. Of course Tom didn't come and defend his views at the rally—he has a yellow belly!
See also: belly, have, yellow
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have a yellow belly

 and have a yellow streak down one's back
Fig. to be cowardly. Tex has a yellow streak down his back a mile wide. He's afraid to cross the street!
See also: belly, have, yellow
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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