red meat


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

Examples of red meat in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Red meat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

red meat

: meat (as beef) that is red when raw

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