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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