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Seeing red

Posted by ESC on November 19, 2003

In Reply to: I saw red posted by Anders on November 19, 2003

: : Hi, what does it mean when someone says
: : "i saw red"?

: : Thanks.
: : Pueblos.

: To see red means to become very angry.

SEE RED - "Become quickly (and perhaps violently) angry. Probably the origin of this thought is the belief that a red flag enrages a bull. In 1901, Mary Harrison writing under the name of Lucas Malet, picked up the expression in 'The History of Sir Richard Calmody': 'Happily violence is shortlived, only for a very little while do even the gentlest persons 'see red.'" From "Dictionary of Cliches" by James Rogers (Ballantine Books, New York, 1985).