bloody shirt

noun

Definition of bloody shirt

: something intended to stir up or revive partisan animosity usually used in the phrase wave the bloody shirt

Examples of bloody shirt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Democrats will wave the draft ethics rule, if it is adopted, as a bloody shirt against judicial nominees who have belonged to the Federalist Society. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "More Judicial Political Mischief," 23 Jan. 2020 Investigators said a bloody shirt and towel were recovered from the scene. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Charges upgraded against man in death of his girlfriend’s 1-year-old son," 6 Sep. 2019 Now remember, the defense suggested that tossing this bloody shirt may have caused some of the blood spatter in the bedroom. CBS News, "Accident or murder? Investigating the death of Leslie Neulander," 16 Nov. 2019 Investigators said a bloody shirt and towel were recovered from the scene. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Charges upgraded against man in death of his girlfriend’s 1-year-old son," 6 Sep. 2019 Investigators said a bloody shirt and towel were recovered from the scene. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Charges upgraded against man in death of his girlfriend’s 1-year-old son," 6 Sep. 2019 Investigators said a bloody shirt and towel were recovered from the scene. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Charges upgraded against man in death of his girlfriend’s 1-year-old son," 6 Sep. 2019 Investigators said a bloody shirt and towel were recovered from the scene. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Charges upgraded against man in death of his girlfriend’s 1-year-old son," 6 Sep. 2019 Investigators said a bloody shirt and towel were recovered from the scene. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Charges upgraded against man in death of his girlfriend’s 1-year-old son," 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of bloody shirt

1670, in the meaning defined above

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3 Feb 2020

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“Bloody shirt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bloody%20shirt. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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