mellow yellow, noun phrase

Forms:
Also with initial capitals.
Origin:
Transferred use of the proprietary name of a yellow-coloured soft drink, which in turn was probably named for the song ‘Mellow Yellow’ by Donovan.
slang
In urban (originally township) parlance: a police vehicle (so called because the vans are painted yellow); yellow mellow. Also attributive. See also kwela-kwela sense 1.
1986 Anon. pamphlet 25 JuneHullo hullo hullo. This is your friendly casspir Mellow Yellow with this morning’s unrest report.
1988 Now Everyone Is Afraid (Catholic Inst. for Internat. Rel.) 94JM said a police hippo and ‘mellow yellows’ had pulled up outside her house after a group of vigilantes came looking for her brother.
1990 Weekly Mail 21 Dec. (Suppl.) 32The mellow-yellow was part of a fleet of seven police vehicles which monitored the occasion throughout.
a police vehicle (so called because the vans are painted yellow); yellow mellow. Also attributive.
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