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red·shirt

 (rĕd′shûrt′)
n.
A college athlete who is allowed to practice with the varsity team but is kept out of competition for one year in order to extend the athlete's period of eligibility.
tr.v. red·shirt·ed, red·shirt·ing, red·shirts
To make (a student) a redshirt.

[From the red jerseys worn by such athletes to distinguish them from the regular players.]

redshirt

(ˈrɛdˌʃɜːt)
vb (intr)
(General Sporting Terms) sport US (of a college athlete) to take a year out of a sports team

red•shirt

(ˈrɛdˌʃɜrt)
n.
1. a high-school or college athlete kept out of varsity competition for one year to develop skills and extend eligibility.
v.t.
2. to withdraw (an athlete) from varsity competition.
[1950–55, Amer.; from the red shirts worn in practice by such athletes]
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The red-shirt participants, who represent Malaysian non-governmental organizations, began the march from Putra World Trade Centre and headed towards the parliament building, in response to Bersih 4 rally that was organized on 29 and 30 of last August, which called for constitutional reforms and the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
The United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), also known as Red-shirt movement, plans to hold a rally at Ratprasong intersection in the central business district of Bangkok to mark bloody crackdown on May 19, 2010.
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