red meat

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red meat (countable and uncountable, plural red meats)

  1. Meats such as beef that are dark red in colour when uncooked.
  2. (uncountable, politics, idiomatic) Fresh, inspiring, or inflammatory topics or information.
    • 1950, Drew Pearson, Washington Merry-Go-Round, “Trust-Buster Truman”, May 1, 1950 (syndicated, e.g., Prescott Evening Courier, May 1, 1950, p. 4):
      “Keep it up,” urged Truman. “You’re doing a great job for the country and, incidentally, providing me with red meat for campaign speeches.”
    • 1992, John Leo, "Hill's Potential Stunted By Gender-Focused Politics," Seattle Times, 27 Oct. (retrieved 7 Jan. 2010):
      Given the fiery tone of the conference, Anita Hill's speech must have come as a disappointment. She threw no red meat to the audience.
    • 1999, Alex Brummer, "Sir Peter throws the City meat to chew on,", 21 May (retrieved 7 Jan. 2010):
      The decision to press ahead with the rationalisation, while there is still uncertainty about the bank's strategic direction, gives the City some red meat to chew on.
    • 2002, Richard W. Stevenson, "Bush's Dance: Moral Outrage Without Pain to Loyalists," New York Times, 10 July (retrieved 7 Jan. 2010):
      On environmental regulation, taxes and other topics that are red meat to economic conservatives, Mr. Bush has delivered.

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See white meat: usage notes for discussion of white meat/red meat distinction.


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