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fiery cross

noun
1.
a burning cross, the rallying symbol of ancient Scotland and later of the Highlanders in case of war; later adopted by other organizations, including the Ku Klux Klan.
Also called fire cross.
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  • The fiery cross, red with blood of a sacrificed goat, must have flown through the whole of the Celticland.

  • It occurs to me that a chapter now and then might see the light in the "fiery cross."

    Demos George Gissing
  • There is here none of the expedition of the fiery cross and the bale-fire; but every step is diplomatic.

  • And there was the 'Tocsin,' a weekly paper like the 'fiery cross.'

    Demos George Gissing
  • The fiery cross of rebellion was flung down the study passages.

    The Loom of Youth Alec Waugh
  • This, when you can see it, is our fiery cross—that is, Hugh John's and mine.

    Sweethearts at Home S. R. Crockett
  • This has something in common with the fiery cross sent round by the Highlanders as the summons to war.

    Tradition John Francis Arundell
  • fiery cross: a cross, the ends of which had been fired and then extinguished in blood.

    Tom Brown at Rugby Thomas Hughes
  • I must send out the fiery cross and call an immediate meeting of the Camellia Buds.

  • The sheriff approached a masked Klansman who carried a fiery cross.

British Dictionary definitions for fiery cross

fiery cross

noun
1.
a burning cross, used as a symbol by the Ku Klux Klan
2.
a wooden cross with ends charred or dipped in blood formerly used by Scottish Highlanders to summon the clans to battle
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