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

First Known Use of yellow peril

1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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