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Fictionisms: 0-9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

yellow brick road

Oz. the road to the Emerald City; identified metaphorically with the way to an unfamiliar magical place or with unrealistic hopes or aspirations.

yellow ribbon

a sign that a person who is returning from an extended stay away is welcome to return. The phrase was popularized in the Tony Orlando & Dawn song “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ('Round the Old Oak Tree),” which was based on a story from urban folklore that involved white ribbons. In the story and song, the protagonist is returning from prison by bus and the ribbons are attached to a tree, but the yellow ribbon has since been used in a more general way, and ribbons of various colors worn on a person's lapel have served as a simple indication of abiding concern for specific groups of people.

Yo, Adrian!

a characteristic saying of Rocky.