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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
First recorded in 1715-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She freed her hair from its red ribbon, and it fell in a shower about her face.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Down in the hollow tree was the wooden box that held the red ribbon.

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

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • After she had mentioned many other things, she concluded to buy a red ribbon.

    Italian Popular Tales

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

    Tommy and Co. Jerome K. Jerome
  • I should not like to be the one to wear a red ribbon when he was by!

    Out in the Forty-Five Emily Sarah Holt
  • "And this," his wife added, touching the bit of red ribbon in his button-hole.

    For The Honor Of France Thomas A. Janvier
  • She began to pull off her red ribbon, but Kingdon stopped her.

    Marjorie's Busy Days Carolyn Wells
  • A red ribbon was in his button-hole and a French order hung from his neck.

    The Double Four E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Hippias the tailor, blue ribbon, red ribbon, and Tryphon the ship-builder.

    The Emperor, Complete Georg Ebers

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