- something that arouses anger; a provocation; red flag: A mere mention of the incident is a red rag to him.
Origin of red rag
First recorded in 1690–1700
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- a provocation; something that infuriates
Word Origin for red rag
so called because red objects supposedly infuriate bulls
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