red ribbon

noun
a badge, banner, rosette, or the like made of red-colored ribbon or other material and used to signify the achievement of second place, as in a contest.
Compare blue ribbon.


Origin:
1715–25

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Inside, dangling from a key ring, was a green clay olive stuffed with a pimento-red ribbon.
And it wasn't a red ribbon but a rusty gold one, fitting for fall.
Tie a red ribbon around a lemon tree or put a bow on a bare-root rose.
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