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yellow dog Syllabification: yel·low dog

Definition of yellow dog in English:


North American informal
A contemptible or cowardly person or thing.
Example sentences
  • Given the hysteria in March over the ‘outing’ of Sarah Champion the yellow dogs seem strangely muted.


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(Of a party-line voter, especially a Democrat) inclined to support any candidate affiliated with one’s chosen party, regardless of the candidate’s personal qualities or political qualifications: he is a self-proclaimed yellow dog Democrat
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  • That represents the core vote for the Tories, which they could expect if they were putting up a yellow dog.
  • Leave it to CBS to find the one yellow dog Dem in the 1972 Texas Air National Guard.
  • If the Democrats would put a yellow dog on the ballot, I would have voted for the dog before I would have voted for a Republican.

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