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To Show the White Feather

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Google previewDictionary of Phrase and Fable (1898)

Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of Common Phrases, Allusions, and Words that Have a Tale to Tell by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

To show the white feather. To show cowardice. No gamecock has a white feather. A white feather indicates a cross-breed in birds. Showing the white feather. Some years ago a bloody war was raging between the Indians and settlers of the ...

Google previewDictionary of Phrase and Fable, Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of Common Phrases, Allusions, and Words that Have a Tale to Tell (1895)

by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

To show the white feather. To show cowardice. No gamecock has a white feather. A white feather indicates a cross-breed in birds. Showing the white feather. Some years ago a bloody war was raging between the Indians and settlers of the ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English (1984)

Colloquialisms and Catch Phrases, Fossilised Jokes and Puns, General Nicknames, Vulgarisms and Such Americanisms as Have Been Naturalised by Eric Partridge

The full expression, to show the white feather, had > S.E. by 1895-—2.

Google previewWordsworth Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2001)

by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

To show the white feather. To show cowardice. A phrase from the cockpit. No gamecock has a white feather ; it indicates a cross-breed in birds. White-livered. Mean or cowardly; having " no guts." It was an old notion that the livers of cowards ...

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