lily-livered

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It was the tone best understood by hinds of their lily-livered quality.

The lily-livered hero was hanging out his true colours at last.

We are not slaves of greed, money grubbers, soft and lily-livered.

He's one of your feather-brained, lily-livered fellows, is he?

Its well enough for lily-livered, goose-fleshed lawyers to hold their tongues when men and soldiers talk, I retorted.

He was carrying his lily-livered pacifism right to the White House, and I couldn't see it.

There is the type of the "love-lorn maiden," of "the lily-livered" hero, of the faithful friend, of the poltroon.

"It's well enough for lily-livered, goose-fleshed lawyers to hold their tongues when men and soldiers talk," I retorted.

It happened in the last year of Cartouche's supremacy that a lily-livered comrade fell in love with a pretty dressmaker.

Oh, you lily-livered gelatinous-vertibraed apologies for men!

WORD ORIGIN

"cowardly," 1605, in "Macbeth;" from lily (in its color sense of "pale, bloodless") + liver (n.1), which was a supposed seat of love and passion. A healthy liver is typically dark reddish-brown.

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