red meat


Definition of red meat

1 : meat (such as beef) that is red when raw
2 : something substantial that can satisfy a basic need or appetite hungry for the red meat of passionate partisanship— William Safire

Examples of red meat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2017 a survey of big-city residents found 36% of respondents intending to eat less pork, red meat and poultry in the year ahead. The Economist, "The planet needs China to curb its appetite for meat," 17 Oct. 2019 The Patriots defense, which is on pace to break NFL records for most sacks and fewest points allowed, has trammeled and trampled opposing offenses, but the schedule keeps serving up red meat or raw quarterbacks for them to prey upon., "They rank No. 1 in total defense (238.4 yards per game), passing defense (160.4 yards per game), sacks (24), first downs allowed per game (13.2), yards allowed per play (4.07), third-down percentage (12.7 percent), and crushed spirits.," 9 Oct. 2019 That’s Drummond’s new diet — red meat and chicken out, one beer a day to add calories in their place. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: Andre Drummond, who calls himself the greatest rebounder ever, returned on Saturday to the Osgood Shootout and the site of his greatest basketball lesson," 18 Aug. 2019 Today's Headlines This meat-allergy tick also carries a mysterious killer virus The Lonestar tick, famous for making people suddenly allergic to red meat, has a new weapon: the Bourbon virus. Alex Baker-whitcomb, WIRED, "A Deadly Tick Virus, Extreme Seasonal Weirdness, and More News," 8 July 2019 That said, the symptoms of a red meat allergy are not always immediate. Fox News, "Lone Star tick, known to cause red meat allergy, found in northern Wisconsin: report," 30 June 2019 Pair it with any red meat dishes — grilled, braised or roasted. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "This Rhone Valley red is a rare stunner at just $14," 13 Sep. 2019 Get our daily newsletter Rather than bland slogans designed not to offend, his campaign prefers red meat for the base. The Economist, "What Donald Trump’s campaign swag says about his presidency," 29 Aug. 2019 Almost all animal proteins contain saturated fat, although the quantity varies widely, from none in fat-free dairy to lower amounts in seafood to higher amounts in lusciously fatty cuts of red meat. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Does It Make a Difference if You Get Your Protein from Plants or Animals?," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of red meat

1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Nov 2019

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The first known use of red meat was in 1792

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English Language Learners Definition of red meat

: meat that is red when it is raw

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