a red rag to a bull

Definition of a red rag to a bull

British, informal

  1. —used of something that makes a person very angry Just mentioning his poor marks to him was like a red rag to a bull.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  of the color red

    :  having red as a distinguishing color

    :  flushed especially with anger or embarrassment

  1. :  a color whose hue resembles that of blood or of the ruby or is that of the long-wave extreme of the visible spectrum

    :  red clothing

    :  one that is of a red or reddish color: such as

  1. : reduce; reduction

  1. :  a waste piece of cloth

    :  clothes usually in poor or ragged condition

    :  clothing

  1. :  any of various hard rocks

    :  a large roofing slate that is rough on one side

  1. :  to rail at :  scold

    :  torment, tease

  1. :  an outburst of boisterous fun

    :  prank

  1. :  a composition in ragtime

  1. :  a male bovine

    :  an adult uncastrated male domestic bovine

    :  a usually adult male of various large animals (such as elephants, whales, or seals)

  1. :  of or relating to a bull

    :  male

    :  suggestive of a bull

  1. :  to advance forcefully

    :  to act on with violence

    :  force

  1. :  a solemn papal letter sealed with a bulla or with a red-ink imprint of the device on the bulla

    :  edict, decree

  1. :  to fool especially by fast boastful talk

    :  to engage in idle and boastful talk

  1. :  a grotesque blunder in language

    :  empty boastful talk

    :  nonsense

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to cast off or become cast off

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