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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The basis of the word lily-livered lies in the once-held belief that a person's health and temperament are influenced by four bodily fluids, or humors: blood, phlegm, black bile and yellow bile.
Miliband is a lily-livered millionaire playboy, who will go the way the unions tell him.
How can anyone know if their heavily-inked beau is a genuine free spirit or a lily-livered Nigel who will have it all burned off in 10 years time, in a bid to become assistant manager at his local Asda.
AS a white, wishywashy, lily-livered liberal, the issue of the Muslim veil has bothered me greatly.
We can't entirely blame the Prime Minister as it was his master's voice, the official spokesman, who uttered the lily-livered denial that will leave English fans dismayed and make the boss an all-round laughing stock.
com Open three weeks ago what a lily-livered character he is when in contention for titles, writes Steve Palmer.
Certainly not our lily-livered Football Association.
One of the more interesting side-effects of the recent revelations on MPs' expenses is that there is a deluge of cash washing around Westminster as my lily-livered colleagues write blank cheques to the Exchequer in a hopeless bid to clear their deservedly tarnished names.
Verity will probably just adopt that cruel smile and write them off as lily-livered baby-spoilers.
Those lily-livered people have a lot to answer for.
Steven Page is just right as The Pirate King, as are his band of lily-livered cut-throats.
England expected - and unlike Sven Goran Eriksson's lily-livered losers, the International bowling team, featuring Huddersfield players Paul Sigsworth and Ashley Daykin, from Netherton Con, are champions once again.
Our elected leaders, from the president on down, are weak, lily-livered pantywaists who are under the power of big business, and care nothing for the safety of this country.
The person who rang up and made this threat is a lily-livered coward and it was a pathetic stunt.
PRESTON'S play-off hopes will evaporate unless the Lilywhites stop being so lily-livered away from home.