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The meaning of "a red rag to a bull"

" A red rag to a bull "
Meaning:
A deliberate provocation.
Example:
Telling Putin that he is macho as a response to being small in stature was like a red rag to a bull.
Where did it originate?:
Britain. An allusion to bullfighting, where the bull is provoked by a waved cloth.
Where is it used?:
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