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yellow brick road

A path believed to lead to success or adventure. A reference to the path of the same name in the fictional land of Oz, popularized by the film The Wizard of Oz, based on the works of L. Frank Baum. Jenna took the internship thinking that it would be the yellow brick road to her dream job.
See also: brick, road, yellow

yellow dog

A despicable person or thing. I can't believe you get so invested in these debates—all politicians are yellow dogs that can't be trusted.
See also: dog, yellow

yellow grease

Used cooking oil, often in the fast food industry. A: "What are those huge containers for?" B: "Oh, I think they hold the restaurant's yellow grease."
See also: grease, yellow

yellow light

An indication to slow down, likened to a yellow traffic light, which means slow down, proceed with caution, or prepare to stop. I would not ask her out yet, dude—she was totally giving you the yellow light. Sally took the comments from her teacher as a yellow light not to push for extra credit just yet.
See also: light, yellow

yellow press

Journalism with the primary aim of sparking reader interest—reporting the facts are secondary. I can't believe you read those tabloids—they're just yellow press stuffed with ads.
See also: press, yellow

yellow state

A US state strongly influenced by the Libertarian Party. This will never be a yellow state—the Libertarians are just not as entrenched here as the Democrats and Republicans.
See also: state, yellow

yellow cake

1. A spongy cake that is yellow in color, due to the use of egg yolks. It is often frosted and served at birthday parties. Do we have any yellow cake mix? I think I want a yellow cake for my birthday—I'm not in the mood for chocolate right now.
2. Uranium oxide powder that is produced by the milling of uranium ore. Often spelled as one word. Yellowcake can be used in the making of nuclear weapons, so its trade is heavily scrutinized.
See also: cake, yellow

yellow journalism

Sensationalistic journalism with the main goal of attracting attention and readers, rather than presenting an unbiased account of the news. It may have begun at the turn of the century, but yellow journalism is alive and well, from the supermarket tabloids to all the talking heads on cable news.
See also: yellow


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

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

yellow streak (down someone's back)

a tendency toward cowardice. Tim's got a yellow streak down his back a mile wide. Get rid of that yellow streak. Show some courage.
See also: streak, yellow

a ˈyellow streak

(disapproving) the quality of being easily frightened; cowardice: He won’t fight? I always thought he had a yellow streak in him.
Yellow is often used to describe somebody who is a coward.
See also: streak, yellow

code yellow

a urinary accident. (Jocular word play based on a hospital’s PA announcements of various color codes.) Whoops. Code yellow. Change the sheets and the mattress.
See also: code, yellow

have a yellow streak down one’s back

tv. to be cowardly. (Have got can replace have.) wrong. If you have a yellow streak down your back, you don’t take many risks.
See also: back, down, have, streak, yellow


mod. cowardly. A: Mooshoo says you’re yellow. B: Wanna make something of it?


mod. cowardly. What yellow-bellied skunk ran off with my horse?


n. a coward. Tell the yellow-belly to come outside and say that.
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A positive value of [DELTA]b* indicates that the sample is yellower than the standard.
The untreated PU-coated boards turned dark brown after 3000 h of accelerated exposure as board color darkened strongly, and became yellower and redder.
Only this time it was a full convertible, boasting (rare for Yanks) a proper six-speed manual gearbox and the thing was yellower than a Brazilian football strip.
2) included a negative relationship with HueClass (which may again be related to a yellower soil containing less oxides and therefore less microaggregation and a lower [[theta].
Originally discovered there in 1981, it looks similar to a Golden Delicious but has yellower flesh and less acidity.
Spencer suggests that the spot's location and color, yellower than previously recorded bright features, indicate that the blemish is frozen sulfur dioxide from a recent eruption of Ra Patera.
It was very black and somehow gleamed - lit from within at the base of the feathers; and its beak was yellower than a lemon.
However, mechanical pulps are naturally yellower than those produced by chemical means so not only is it not as bright to start with but gets yellower with time when it is exposed to light and heat.
If a plant is iron-deficient, its newest leaves are yellower than old ones.
The students should view a solid color object under various light conditions and then write down their descriptions of the color, such as the ball is bright orange; it looks yellower in sunlight; it is closer to yellow than to red; it's shiny, but not metallic looking; it's uneven, or whitish, or pastel; whatever.
where +[DELTA]L = lighter, -[DELTA]L = darker: +[DELTA]a = redder, -[DELTA]a = greener; +[DELTA]b = yellower, - [DELTA]b) = bluer.
However, Sylvie Lhermite-King, of A la Facon de Venise in Paris, suggests that some collectors actually seek out the yellower glass from Catalonia, or French facon de Venise, or the fine pieces produced in Innsbruck at the end of the 16th century: 'The rarity of these pieces adds to their value,' she comments.
Some of the paints--the solvent-based paints and the oil-modified urethane with the crosslinking acrylic--were yellower in tone at the beginning of the test, so overall yellowness was not a good measure of the dirt pick-up.