red rag


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red rag

n
a provocation; something that infuriates
[so called because red objects supposedly infuriate bulls]
Translations

red rag

nrotes Tuch; it’s like a red rag to a bulldas wirkt wie ein rotes Tuch
References in classic literature ?
What a red rag is to a bull, Turner's "Slave Ship" was to me, before I studied art.
You say you don't see much in it all--nothing but a struggling mass of boys, and a leather ball which seems to excite them all to great fury, as a red rag does a bull.
On she tottered, her apparel hanging round her in red rags, a hundred wounds upon her face and form.
And while these two would usually be like a red rag to me, while I'd bang on about how much they cost the NHS, how they don't deserve help because they've done nothing to help themselves, how their problem is greed not addiction, the indisputable fact is they WILL die before their time.
But if someone was to question the mentality that would be like a red rag to a bull for me because I just love proving people wrong.
Anyone with any common sense will know that the Channel 4 series was like oering a red rag to a bull and would provoke public outrage.
For many motorists, the idea that they should have to pay more is like a red rag to a bull.
Now that would be red rag to a bull for a lot of people and ultimately you can't impose anything on an individual county or a number of counties in that regard.
Cricketers are known for all kinds of quirky rituals when preparing for a match, with Australian legend Steve Waugh carrying a red rag in his pocket while batting or South Africa's Neil McKenzie taping his cricket bats to the dressing room ceiling before batting.
And speaking of cattle, when Cain suddenly arrives home, Moira's figurehugging dress is like a red rag to a bull.
But, for her own mum, Kerry, this is like a red rag to a bull in a china shop and she goes marching straight over to Joanie's to sort her out.
The sight of lots of police officers can be like red rag to a bull to some people and I believe we can reduce bad behaviour at grounds by taking a different approach.