red rag

Related to red rag: Red tag

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.
But I'll bring you my little chair, and some bits o' red rag and things for her to play wi'; an' she'll sit and chatter to 'em as if they was alive.
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.
North's orange shirt was like a red rag to Van Barneveld as the Dutchman booked a secondround date with Aussie Kyle Anderson in the last match before the Christmas break.
I know there is one political party where the mention of social housing is like a red rag to a bull, however it is a nettle that must be grasped because the longer it is left, the more painful and damaging the solution.
I also saw her giving out lollipops - a red rag to a bull, as I am almost toothless because of lollipops and seaside rock.
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.
For many motorists, the idea that they should have to pay more is like a red rag to a bull.
Although the country's population statistics and mix is just accidental and not the deliberate work of any super being, statements likes "this is a Sinhala Buddhist country" is a red rag to elements in other communities.
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.