reluctant dragon


Definition of reluctant dragon

: a leader (such as a politician or military officer) who avoids confrontation or conflict

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First Known Use of reluctant dragon

1942, in the meaning defined above

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“Reluctant dragon.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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to state or do over again or repeatedly

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