Yellow - Idioms and Expressions

Idioms and Expressions

  • Yellow-belly is an American expression which means a coward. The term comes from the 19th century and the exact origin is unknown, but it may refer to the color of sickness, which means a person lacks strength and stamina.
  • Yellow Pages refers in various countries to directories of telephone numbers, arranged alphabetically by the type of business or service offered.
  • The Yellow Peril was a term used in politics and popular fiction in the late 19th and early 20th century to describe the alleged economic and cultural danger posed to Europe and America by Chinese immigration. The term was first used by Kaiser Wilhelm II in Germany in 1895, and was the subject of numerous books and later films.
  • High yellow was a term sometimes used in the early 20th century, to describe light-skinned African-Americans.

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