bloody shirt

bloody shirt
noun
: the blood-stained shirt of a slain man used to incite vengeance for his death; broadly : a symbol used to inflame to anger or to retaliative action — used specifically in the United States after the Civil War of any means employed to stir up or revive party or sectional animosity especially in the phrase wave the bloody shirt

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1. a bloodstained shirt used to incite a mob to vengeance.
2. any symbol used for this purpose.
[1870-75]

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bloody shirt,
U.S. something used to stir people to vengeance.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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