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red stuff

a compound of oil and sesquioxide of iron used for polishing brass, steel, silver, etc.; crocus or rouge.
Origin of red stuff
First recorded in 1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Godfrey recognized as a piece of finery on his shoulders the red stuff of his flag.

    Godfrey Morgan Jules Verne
  • More than once he saw the clouds of red stuff spurting in the distance.

    The Forgotten Planet Murray Leinster
  • "Well, I'd like to acquire some information about where that red stuff is," said the German.

    Through Space to Mars Roy Rockwood
  • That's the red stuff the dwarfs use to stain their things with.

    The Blind Lion of the Congo Elliott Whitney
  • Then she sent me off to dress, just as she began to put some red stuff on her lips.

  • The painter man got some of his red stuff on the ladder and we got it on us.

  • The purple fruit was ripe and tight-skinned, and the red stuff soon began to splash and spurt up, staining his legs.

    The Vintage Edward Frederic Benson
  • In a corner of the temple, they had prepared a low table, with four thick cushions, covered with red stuff.

  • "I guess the red stuff must have taken all the power out of your gun, Andy," said Mark.

    Through Space to Mars Roy Rockwood

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