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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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27) The aromatic part of the cured epoxy-polyamide has a strong tendency to absorb light in the UV region (28), (29) and yellowness is a cumulative signature of degradation.
To explore the idea, Senar and his colleagues switched 70 clutches of blue tit eggs from their original nests to foster nests with males sporting breasts of varying yellowness.
For carcass and meat quality traits, data were collected from 1,953 pigs which were butchered at an abattoir in Namwon, but 11 incomplete records were deleted and only records from 1,942 pigs were used for the analysis and a total of 12 traits including (1) CW, (2) backfat thickness (BF), (3) pH value after 45 minutes (pH45m), (4) pH value after 24 hours (pH24h), (5) lightness in meat color (LMC), (6) redness in meat color (RMC), (7) yellowness in meat color (YMC), (8) moisture holding capacity (MHC), (9) drip loss (DL), (10) cooking loss (CL), (11) fat content (FC), and (12) shear force value (SH) were measured.
The results showed that XAMACOL Max achieved a higher pigmentation on broiler skin pigmentation in both live broilers and cold carcasses than the commercial product, and that lower levels of XAMACOL Max could be used to attain similar yellowness when fed at commercial levels.
For control sample, the yellowness develops quickly in the first 400 h, but then at 600 h the color changes to light yellow.
30 By far the best of the purple shampoos I've tested, this product removed all yellowness from my bleached hair and replaced it with a fabulously shimmery silver glow.
In a ground-breaking moment they've established that pigments from certain fruit and veg played a key role in producing the yellowness.
Yellowness in the skin reveals a plant-based diet," Perrett said.
The yellowness index of the PVC reference was highly affected by gamma radiation.
It is a natural brown, with a slight yellowness to it.
The a*-value provides redness and greenness, while the b*-value is the measure of yellowness and blueness of the sample.
From the L, a, b readings, Yellowness Index [calculated as (142.
Oxidation processes as the results of paper ageing generate the carbonyl groups which have influence on the decrease of whiteness and the increase of yellowness of paper.