What does yellow streak mean?


Idiom Meaning:

cowardly or weak trait


Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:


The Big House (1930)

Time of Scene: ~00:05:30

Warden: And remember, this prison does not give a man a yellow streak. But if he has one, it brings it out.


The Karate Kid, Part III (1989)

Time of Scene: ~00:46:00

Snake: What’s that smell?

Mike Barnes: I don’t know. It smells like yellow streak.

Daniel Larusso: Hey! Okay! This isn’t funny anymore.

Snake: Oh, I know.

Mike Barnes: Sign the application yet?

Daniel Larusso: No.


Twelve O’Clock High (1950)

Time of Scene: ~00:43:00

General Savage: Rights, Gately? You’ve got a right to explain to General Pritchard cowardice, desertion of your post, a yellow streak a mile wide! And maybe he can explain it to your father so that they’ll both be proud of you! You can tell him right now.



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