bloody shirt

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blood′y shirt′

a bloodstained shirt or other powerful symbol used to incite people to vengeance.
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11 victims by waving the bloody shirt for political gain.
When Batebi returned to the protest, waving the bloody shirt to show what police had done, a photographer caught the picture of Batebi.
Ultimately, waving the bloody shirt is useful for creating popular support for war, but it provides a poor basis for strategy.