lily-livered

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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.

lily-livered

mod. cowardly. That lily-livered guy is up hiding under his bed till this blows over.
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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.
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.
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.
Asked from whence he hailed, Mr Chadwick replied: ``I'm a soft, lily livered southerner, but I love coming here.