red ribbon


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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Last winter, Jablonski filled hers with evergreens, a faux red cardinal and pine cones, then tied a red ribbon on top. Deborah Hornblow,, "Lanterns Light Up The Garden," 18 June 2019 After a year of preparation, the USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital cut a red ribbon leading into the state’s largest premature baby unit. Lily Jackson |,, "USA hospital opens small baby unit, one of few in country," 14 June 2019 The vase is tied with a red ribbon, symbol of our continued determination to account for our missing. Diana Bruk, Country Living, "Georgia Chick-fil-A Sets Up an Empty Table in Honor of Missing Soldiers on Veterans Day," 11 Nov. 2015 Yet politicians can’t resist the allure of getting out the big scissors to cut the red ribbon. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Another Subsidy Letdown," 15 Feb. 2019 Embracing an Italian superstition, Mrs. Cancel makes sure the boys have red ribbons tied inside their jerseys to ward off the evil eye. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "Longtime Pals on Staten Island Dream Team March to Little League World Series," 21 Aug. 2018 Trees and poles surrounding the church were wrapped in red ribbon. Elyssa Cherney,, "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,, "Art offers a feast of a different kind for OC Fair visitors," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of red ribbon

1872, in the meaning defined above

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