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Dictionary Definition

poltroon adj : characterized by complete cowardliness n : an abject coward [syn: craven, recreant]

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  • 1926 Accordingly, to excuse our deliberate inactivity in the north, we had to make a show of impotence, which gave them to understand that the Arabs were too poltroon to cut the line near Maan and keep it cut. - T. E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom


Extensive Definition

Poltroon was a successful event horse ridden by American rider Torrance Watkins.
Beckman, of Cincinnati, Ohio, bred her pinto pony mare, Frosty, to the Thoroughbred stallion Hopper's Pride.
Despite her small size, Poltroon was awarded the individual bronze medal at the 1980 alternate Olympic Games at Fontainebleau, France, finishing with a score of 75.00 penalty points. This made her rider the first woman to win an Olympic medal in the sport. Additionally, the mare won the 1980 Modified Advanced 3-Day at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day, and finished second at the Badminton Horse Trials.

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