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    To show the white feather,

    can you please explain me the meaning of this particular Idiom ............ i "think" it means to show a sign of pease from ones side ???? to try and offer a hand of peace???? can some one please explain me the meaning of it though ............

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    Re: To show the white feather,

    It depends which country you are talking about.
    A white feather has been a traditional symbol of cowardice within the British Army and throughout the British Empire. It was given to someone as a sign that the giver considers them a coward. It came from cockfighting, and the belief that a cockerel sporting a white feather in its tail is likely to be a poor fighter.

    However, in the USA, a white feather indicates extraordinary bravery and excellence in combat marksmanship!

    There's a famous book, The Four Feathers (by a British author so it's about someone accused of cowardice!) which has been made into a damn good movie.
    Last edited by David L.; 28-Mar-2009 at 09:15.

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