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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.

yellow streak

A tendency to be cowardly or easily frightened. She likes to strut around like she's the boss of the place, but she has a yellow streak running down her spine if you ever confront her on an issue. He knew what they were doing was wrong, but his yellow streak kept him from intervening.
See also: streak, yellow

code yellow

slang Accidental urination somewhere other than a toilet. Can you call the janitor? There's been a code yellow in this hospital room.
See also: code, yellow

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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Quantitative use of luminosity-normalized grayscale images of greenness, redness and yellowness of a rice canopy derived from multi-temporally acquired digital photographs.
Effect of packaging and maturity stages on yellowness (b*) of the peel colour of Chaunsa mangoes stored in ambient conditions in Pakistan.
Yellowness (CIE b*), as a measure of degradation, was determined as a function of exposure time in different cycle lengths on samples withdrawn in a dry cycle then measured using a ColorEye[R] (Macbeth).
ASTM E 313-96 Practice for Calculating Yellowness and Whitness Indicies from Instrummentally Measured Color Coordinates.
For the 16 to 18 age group, the outstanding difference was in the increase in luminosity values, while redness and yellowness skin values had significantly decreased.
CIE whiteness and yellowness index were calculated automatically.
Fiber quality traits tested in 2002 included fiber length (FL), fiber strength (FS), micronaire (FMIC), fiber elongation (FE), fiber uniformity ratio (FUR), short fiber index (SFI), fiber maturity (FMAT), yellowness (FB), reflectance (FR), and spinning consistency index (FSCI).
But by framing Asian identity primarily in terms of street thuggery and male domination, Jin seems less interested in challenging hip-hop's dominant paradigms than presenting yellowness as a spin-off on the bling-blinging blackness now in fashion.
Pressurization increased the yellowness of the samples, and the b values increased throughout storage.
Compared to the control pulp, the biopulp was of better quality, with higher brightness, higher whiteness, and lower yellowness.
But take away the yellowness and you're left with Tony Hawk's Light.
But take away the yellowness and you are left with a Lite version of Tony Hawk's pro Skater.
In addition to the total and specular reflectance tests, industry engineers also evaluated materials under consideration for distinctness of image, 15-degree reflected haze, color metrics (CIE "LAB", yellowness index ASTM D1925) and ASTM standards E308 and E430.
Besides he mechanical properties **nvolved, a low aldehyde content **nd a low yellowness factor **hould be noted - points which are **ial for re-use in the food and **dustries.