fraidy cat

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fraidy cat (plural fraidy cats)

  1. (childish) A coward.
    • 1964, Truman, Harry S.; Edward R. Murrow, MP66-7 Harry S. Truman Interviewed by Edward R. Murrow, February 1957 (5 of 12)[1], Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, National Archives Identifier: 595162, 13:07 from the start:
      MURROW: Do you remember the most severe disciplinary action taken against you when you were a youngster, Mr. President?
      TRUMAN: Well, I was one of these fraidy cats who usually obeyed the rules and they didn't have to get after me very often.