[lil-ee-liv-erd] /ˈlɪl iˈlɪv ərd/
weak or lacking in courage; cowardly; pusillanimous.
“cowardly,” 1605, in “Macbeth;” from lily (in its color sense of “pale, bloodless”) + liver (n.1), which was a supposed seat of love and passion. A healthy liver is typically dark reddish-brown.
[lil-ee-uh v-th uh-nahyl] /ˈlɪl i əv ðəˈnaɪl/ noun 1. a plant, Agapanthus africanus, of the amaryllis family, native to Africa, having large umbels of blue flowers.
noun, plural lilies of the valley. 1. a plant, Convallaria majalis, having an elongated cluster of small, drooping, bell-shaped, fragrant white flowers. noun (pl) lilies of the valley 1. a small liliaceous plant, Convallaria majalis, of Eurasia and North America cultivated as a garden plant, having two long oval leaves and spikes of white bell-shaped […]
- Like a bat out of hell
adverb phrase Very rapidly; lickety-split: They split like a bat out of hell (1921+) Related Terms take off like a bigass bird Moving extremely fast, as in She ran down the street like a bat out of hell. This expression presumably alludes to the rapid darting movement of bats and, Charles Earle Funk theorized, their […]
- Like a bandit
adverb phrase Very successfully; thrivingly: coming out of the battle with Bendix like a bandit (1960s+) Related Terms make out like a bandit