red rag to a bull

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red rag to a bull (plural red rags to a bull)

  1. Something that will enrage another particular person.
    Simply mentioning the word "nationalism" to him is like a red rag to a bull.

Usage notes[edit]

  • This is often used in constructions equivalent to make someone see red.
  • This is often shortened to red rag
  • This is often used as a simile with like a or as a