see red

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Compare the corresponding idiom in French, which uses the same image: voir rouge.

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see red (third-person singular simple present sees red, present participle seeing red, simple past saw red, past participle seen red)

  1. (idiomatic) To become enraged, angry, or irritated.
    • 1901, Frank Norris, The Octopus, ch. 2:
      "So help me, God," he cried, "when I think it all over I go crazy, I see red."
    • 1920, William MacLeod Raine, The Big-Town Round-Up, ch. 22:
      Nothing but his temper, the lack of self-control that made him see red . . ., had kept Jerry out of a world championship.
  2. (idiomatic, soccer) To receive a red card, and be dismissed from the playing field.
    • 2005 Jan. 26, Rob Hughes, "Soccer: Trio from Senegal is having a ball," New York Times (retrieved 14 Nov 2013):
      Diop, sometimes criticized for passive play, saw red once this season when he lashed out at a foe who kicked away his legs.
    • 2010 December 28, Kevin Darlin, “West Brom 1 - 3 Blackburn”, BBC:
      Kalinic later saw red for a rash tackle on Paul Scharner before Gabriel Tamas was dismissed for bringing down Diouf.

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