scaredy-cat

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Attributed to Dorothy Parker.

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scaredy-cat (plural scaredy-cats)

  1. A coward; a person who is easily frightened or high-strung and easily scared.
    • 1933, Dorothy Parker, The Waltz:
      Oh, yes, do let's dance together – it's so nice to meet a man who isn't a scaredy-cat about catching my beri-beri.

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