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Idiom of the day 'Like a red rag to a bull'

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like a red rag to a bull

Definition: Something that will cause an angry or violent reaction.

A red rag to a bull is something - perhaps a comment or a criticism - intended to deliberately provoke someone else into reacting negatively. The expression may appear to have originated from bull-fighting, but this is not the case. There are, apparently, a large number of things that were believed to be distracted or angered by the waving of a red cloth, and the original expression, in fact, mentioned pheasants. Soon after came vipers, and then turkeys, and even Frenchmen! It wasn't until 1873 that bulls were added to the list. Strangely enough, bulls are in fact colour-blind, and therefore the colour of the rag is irrelevant. Nevertheless, the expression remains!

"Don't tell him you support Manchester United - it's like a red rag to a bull!"

"It was like a red rag to a bull when Samantha heard John say that men should be paid more than women."

What to you is like a red rag to a bull? Write some example sentences.

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'Like a red rag to a bull'

Excellent idiom. Living in the world where the majority of things could be considered as irritating and intrusive, like a commercial breaking an interesting movie on TV, like chain and SPAM letters in your mail box, like your favourite football team losing a game, like a guy jumping the queue where you have been standing for an hour and so on, it's too difficult to remain calm and moderate. Smile That's a true to life idiom! Smile
My example: Every time she talks about her deserved promotion, all of us get furious knowing her as a lazy and unreliable person, it's like a red rag to a bull.

my example is that 'when my

my example is that 'when my sister is driving, it is like a red rag to a bull if a another driver try to forego her'. Am I right?

RE: Red Rag

Good example. Try this:

"When my sister is driving, it is like a red rag to a bull if another driver tries to overtake her."

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Chris

like a red rag .....

You can say too: You drive like a bat out of hell.
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Nice Idiom

I've never heard this idiom with phesants, vipers... Worried
But for me it is like a red rag to a bull when I could not find my things. Wink
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In nowadays it is common

In nowadays it is common that very young girls at theirs 12-13 years old wear provocative.I believe this is like a rad rag to a bull for community and this is one of a reason of increase of sexual crimes in developed countries.

Like a red rag to a bull

When the Russian National Team lost elimination game to world soccer championship 2010 in Republic of South Africa witn Slovenia it was like a red rag to a bull for many Russian fans!

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