(a) red rag to a bull

something that will make someone very angry
Thesaurus: something that is annoyingsynonym
Main entry: red

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a red rag to a ˈbull idiom
(BrE) (NAmE like waving a red flag in front of a ˈbull) something that is likely to make sb very angry

If you criticize him, it's like a red rag to a bull— he gets absolutely furious.

Main entry:redidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • red rag to a bull — If something is a red rag to a bull, it is something that will inevitably make somebody angry or cross …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • red rag to a bull — noun Something that will enrage another particular person. Simply mentioning the word nationalism to him is like a red rag to a bull …   Wiktionary

  • red rag to a bull —    If something is a red rag to a bull, it is something that will inevitably make somebody angry or cross.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Red rag to a bull —   If something is a red rag to a bull, it is something that will inevitably make somebody angry or cross …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • red rag to a bull —  Source of exasperation …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • a red rag to a bull — (like) a red rag to a bull see red * * * a red rag to a bull see ↑red, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑bull a red rag to a bull see ↑red, 1 • • • …   Useful english dictionary

  • a red rag to a bull — British something that will make someone very angry …   English dictionary

  • be like a red rag to a bull — if a statement or an action is like a red rag to a bull, it makes someone very angry. For Claire, the suggestion of a women only committee was like a red rag to a bull …   New idioms dictionary

  • like a red rag to a bull — in a manner that attracts, causing uncontrollable attraction …   English contemporary dictionary

  • red rag — noun Etymology: so called from the tradition that a red rag incites a bull to rage : something that incites to anger or vexation the jibe was a red rag goading him to violence …   Useful english dictionary


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