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red ribbon

a badge, banner, rosette, or the like made of red-colored ribbon or other material and used to signify the achievement of second place, as in a contest.
Compare blue ribbon.
Origin of red ribbon
1715-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The badge worn by members of these reformed clubs is a red ribbon.

  • But when not on duty they will only wear a red ribbon round the left arm.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • He wore a blue frock over his chest, at the bottom hole of which was a bit of red ribbon, not a little discolored.

  • If you like to wear a bit of red ribbon in your buttonhole, why, do so.

    Tommy and Co. Jerome K. Jerome
  • Her dark hair is combed back smoothly and braided and the braid is doubled and tied with a red ribbon.

    A Hoosier Chronicle Meredith Nicholson
  • "And this," his wife added, touching the bit of red ribbon in his button-hole.

    For The Honor Of France Thomas A. Janvier
  • The white ribbon, like the white cockade, distinguished a Jacobite; the red ribbon and the black cockade were Hanoverian.

    Out in the Forty-Five Emily Sarah Holt
  • She began to pull off her red ribbon, but Kingdon stopped her.

    Marjorie's Busy Days Carolyn Wells
  • She walked through the village, holding the box, tied with great bunches of red ribbon, in her hand.

    Light O' The Morning L. T. Meade
  • He tied a red ribbon around the sealed package and hung it on the tree.

    What's-His-Name George Barr McCutcheon

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