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Topic: GROUPINGS

Language: Old English
Origin: read

red

1 adjective
     
red1 S1 W1 comparative redder, superlative reddest
1

colour

CC having the colour of blood:
We painted the door bright red.
a red balloon
blood-red

; ➔ cherry red

at cherry (3), scarlet
2

hair

CCDCB hair that is red has an orange-brown colour
3

face

CCDC if you go red, your face becomes a bright pink colour, especially because you are embarrassed or angry
go/turn red
Every time you mention his name, she goes bright red.
4

wine

red wine is a red or purple colour [↪ white]
5

like a red rag to a bull

British English also like waving a red flag in front of a bull American English very likely to make someone angry or upset:
Just mentioning his ex-wife's name was like a red rag to a bull.
6

roll out the red carpet/give somebody the red carpet treatment

to give special treatment to an important visitor
7

not one red cent

American English informal used to emphasize that you mean no money at all:
I wouldn't give him one red cent for that car.
8

politics

informalPPG communist or extremely left-wing political views - used to show disapproval
redness noun [uncountable]

➔ paint the town red

at paint2 (5)
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