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white feather

noun

Definition of WHITE FEATHER

:  a mark or symbol of cowardice —used chiefly in the phrase show the white feather

Origin of WHITE FEATHER

from the superstition that a white feather in the plumage of a gamecock is a mark of a poor fighter
First Known Use: circa 1785

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