red ribbon

noun

Definition of red ribbon 

: a red ribbon usually with appropriate words or markings awarded the second-place winner in a competition

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Trees and poles surrounding the church were wrapped in red ribbon. Elyssa Cherney, chicagotribune.com, "Fallen Chicago firefighter recalled as ‘excellent citizen of Chicago’ at visitation," 3 June 2018 Dressed some days in a beige suit or light blue seersucker, Woodard always dons his signature straw boater hat, encircled with a navy and red ribbon. Ian Shapira, Washington Post, "He once defended the poor in court. Now he defends white supremacists.," 2 July 2018 There are also red ribbons for second place, white ribbons for third, light-blue honorable mentions and judges’ favorite picks. Richard Chang, latimes.com, "Art offers a feast of a different kind for OC Fair visitors," 12 July 2018 For Democrats facing an uphill struggle to block Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation, his protective views of the presidency could prove to be a bright red ribbon. New York Times, "Democrats Zero In on Kavanaugh’s Defense of Presidential Power," 11 July 2018 Just a few short weeks later, the newest member of the Coolidge household got gussied up for Christmas, adorned in a red ribbon. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "For His Patriotic Birthday, Five Facts About Calvin Coolidge," 2 July 2018 An old woman with her grandchild on the grass nearby is deftly twirling her blunt little knife around an apple, the red ribbon of the peel falling in a single flourish, as if the apple had slouched out of its red dress. Patricia Hampl, WSJ, "All of Summer In a Single Afternoon," 21 June 2018 In giving out honors, the risk of regret is higher with a prize awarded as liberally as the Legion’s green, white and gold medal on a red ribbon. Richard PÉrez-peÑa, New York Times, "A French Honor Not Always for the Honorable; Assad Returns His," 20 Apr. 2018 Referee Phil Serfass and the other four members of the Broward County Football Officials Association who officiated Thursday’s game wore caps with the number 17 and a red ribbon embroidered on them. Manny Navarro, miamiherald, "Douglas' football team plays first game since school shooting. Here's what happened | Miami Herald," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of red ribbon

1872, in the meaning defined above

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