from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Cowardly; timid.
from The Century Dictionary.
- White-livered; cowardly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective White-livered; cowardly.
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- adjective idiomatic
Cowardly, lacking bravery.
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- adjective easily frightened
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The Guardian staff are described as "lily-livered gits hiding in their glass offices."
President Obama is supposed to be a lily-livered liberal bleeding heart who wouldn't harm a fly on behalf of our citizens -- didn't he bow and scrape his way through Europe?
He would nevertheless be as likely to be labeled a lily-livered pacifist, or terrorist enabler, as the rest of them.
Otherwise he was a lily-livered something or other—several expletives deleted.
Err, no: remember, Cuban troops were in Angola in the 1980s, Mozambique was Marxist, SWAPO was at least socialist and backed by Angola, and the ANC and SA Communist Party were joined at the hip [plus, the SACP was not one of yer lily-livered Eurocommunist parties: it was very hardline, even durign the Gorbachev era].
No. Oh, I am sure that there will be those who will defend this type of thing because when we are fighting terrorism all bets are off and that only lily-livered bleeding hearts would worry about things like the rule of law or other such silliness.
I believe that much of the low-level unpleasantness that you describe being visited upon you at large gatherings in the UK is precisely the result of lily-livered enforcement and presecution of such offences.
"They're weak and lily-livered," Michael Clayton, a 54-year-old security consultant in Allen, Texas, said of GOP lawmakers who have worked toward a compromise on deficit reduction.
Compromise can be, and often is, the path of least resistance, the province of the mealy-mouthed, weak-kneed, and lily-livered.
You are a terrorist-shill with an agenda of 'Israel first and last'and you are a lily-livered coward.