You might remember lily-livered
from Shakespeare's Macbeth, in which Macbeth verbally abuses a young servant, "Go prick thy face, and over-red thy fear, / Thou lily-livered
boy." Although Shakespeare's use of lily-livered
as a synonym for cowardly is the earliest known in writing, he didn't invent the phrase.
Hurricane Fly 1.55 Leopardstown SP forecast 2-7 With the British usually too lily-livered
to take him on in his own backyard, Hurricane Fly has made a habit of mopping up weakly contested Grade 1s in Ireland - he already has two to his name this season.
The move is likely to agitate Johnson, who had branded Prime Minister David Cameron as 'lily-livered
for failing to curb unions power', this week.
Recent posts rip into Advertising Value Equivalents (AVEs), branding them "meaningless", "misused" and "misleading measurements from a bygone era," and lily-livered
PR execs who dilute their own value by meekly allowing themselves to be bulldozed by clients or bosses.
Hundreds of thousands of world citizens have been prepared to stand up and speak out against the behaviour of the Israeli leadership--ordinary people with only a desire to see an end to torture in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, binding them together--while lily-livered
international politicians stand around crying 'crocodile tears' over the plight of the Palestinians but doing nothing to ease their distress.
I WAS dismayed to learn that farmers do not appear to help each other in times of difficulty ("My accuser's just a lily-livered
coward", Daily Post, August 27).
When asked if he feels like King Canute when confronting the global downturn, he says: "I think it would be a very weak-kneed, lily-livered
, spineless politician who felt like that.
So what if lily-livered
Cabinet colleagues stab him in the back.
The Time profile opened this way: "In the judgment of Robert Marshall Myers, the American rural weekly is valueless, lily-livered
No doubt the lily-livered
liberals will be saying that it reflects the feelings of the electorate.
England expected - and unlike Sven Goran Eriksson's lily-livered
losers, the International bowling team, featuring Huddersfield players Paul Sigsworth and Ashley Daykin, from Netherton Con, are champions once again.
That, of course, is just too simple and UEFA in their own weak-willed, lily-livered
way have done their usual in deflecting the question of what would happen if Liverpool won the Champions League.
Carney: He isn't like most lily-livered
You rarely hear a derogatory word said about them at Westminster - probably because those MPs who attack the city millionaires are too lily-livered
to denounce the idols and heroes of their constituents.
trail will have a wonderful time denouncing anti-Columbus stuff as lily-livered
and, let's face it, antipatriotic.