yellow peril

noun, often capitalized Y&P

Definition of yellow peril

1 : a danger to Western civilization held to arise from expansion of the power and influence of eastern Asian peoples
2 : a threat to Western living standards from the influx of eastern Asian laborers willing to work for very low wages

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Recent Examples on the Web There were newspaper reports; there were radio talk shows that talked about the yellow peril and the menace. Cassa Niedringhaus, The Denver Post, "Protesters gather outside Boulder business with lucrative ICE contracts: “We can stand up”," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of yellow peril

1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Yellow peril.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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